News from Åland Post Stamps 

Åland Post focuses on the Year of the Rooster


On 11 November, in time for the Year of the Rooster, a miniature sheet featuring two roosters will be issued. Created by Swedish stamp engraver and artist Martin Mörck, the miniature sheet is an issue in the Åland Post's stamp series focusing on the twelve Chinese zodiac animals.


Martin Mörck has played a considerable part in Åland Post's promotion of Åland stamps on the Asian and Chinese markets. Chinese collectors will be familiar with Martin who has acted as engraving instructor at the Postage Stamp Printing Bureau of China Post Group (PSPB) in Beijing. He also mentored the Chinese engraving students who designed the 2014 miniature sheet featuring Åland sheep, the first issue in the Åland stamp series focusing on the Chinese zodiac signs. This time, Martin has personally created the lovely design showing two roosters in an Åland archipelago setting. Issued in good time for the Year of the Rooster 2017, the Chinese symbols on the miniature sheet translate into Year of the Rooster and were written by Zhen Jia Hong.

The issue features roosters of the Swedish native poultry stock Hedemora, the most common breed in Åland. Originating from Swedish province of Dalarna, it is a stout and hardy breed. Adapting well to Nordic climate, it has a dense and downy plumage. The breed appears in a variety of colour patterns of black, white, blue and wild/wheat.

Date of issue 11 November 2016
Artist Martin Mörck
Edition 85 000
Denominations 2 x €2.00
Price FDC €4.70
Stamp size 40 x 52 mm
Miniature sheet size 170 x 95 mm
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset PMS Gold
Printing house Cartor Security Printing


Charge for Christmas with Åland Christmas stamps


10 October sees the issue of two Christmas stamps from Åland Post. Designed by Swedish illustrator Maja Lindberg, the stamps show charming Christmas elves preparing for the season.


This year, Swedish artist Maja Lindberg makes her debut as stamp artist for Åland Post. She has also illustrated this year's Christmas seals that complement the two Christmas stamps. Maja pondered for some time before she thought of a suitable theme but, having decided on the Christmas elves, it didn't take her long to create the motifs.
"I wanted to create a sense of Christmas in my illustrations; a wintry scenery under a starry bright sky and tiny Christmas elves preparing for Christmas."
The No Value Indicator stamp "Julpost" is primarily used for posting

Christmas greetings from Åland to destinations in Finland and Sweden during a limited period prior to Christmas. The value of the NVI stamp "Världen" is the equivalent of the postage for priority mail up to 20 gram from Åland to the rest of the world. The Christmas stamps may, of course, be used all the year according to the current postage tariffs. When the tariffs increase, so does the denominational value of these NVI stamps.

Date of issue 10 October 10.2016
Artists Maja Lindberg
Edition 200 000 x 140 000
Denominations Julpost (€0.70) Världen (€1.30)  
Price FDC €2.70
Stamp size 35,4 x 26 mm
Sheet sizes 2 x 20 stamps
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset + PMS Silver
Printing house Cartor Security Printing
 

 

Åland Post's 2016 Christmas seals support people in need



On 10 October, we issue the 2016 Christmas seals. The profit from the sale of Christmas seals will be donated to the 'Matbanken' (food bank) project that helps both families with children and individuals in Åland who are currently in a difficult financial position with food and other necessities.

Åland Christmas seals may be used as decoration on Christmas greetings and parcels. Funds from the sale of Christmas seals are granted to charity alternatively in support of projects which benefit the Åland society. This year's beneficiary is the Matbanken project, a co-operation between the parish of Mariehamn, Save the Children - Åland, the Social Mission, the Mission Covenant Church and the Pentecostal Church.

Matbanken started in 2010, and aims to help individuals and families with children in Åland who are in current financial crisis and in urgent need of food and other basic necessities. Today, some 70 households receive help from Matbanken on a weekly basis. Principally financed by donations, the project receives food donations from whole sale dealers, farmers, a few shops as well as private persons. The project employs a part-time coordinator; however, almost all pick-ups and deliveries are handled by volunteers. The Christmas seal grant will be used for the activities of the Matbanken.

Designed by Swedish illustrator Maja Lindberg, this year's Christmas seals go hand in hand with the Christmas stamps that Maja has also designed. The sheet of 20 self-adhesive seals shows Christmas elves getting busy for Christmas time.

Date of issue 10 October 2016
Artist Maja Lindberg
Edition 5000 sheets of 20 self-adhesive seals
Price €5.00
Seal size 30.6 x 25.8 mm
Sheet size 210 x 145 mm
Paper Jac-Chromo Gloss 80 g/m²
Printing method 4-colour offset + silver
Printing house Oy Fram Ab
 


Model car no. 34, a classic van from times gone by


October sees the issue of Åland Post's model car no. 34. Produced by Corgi in scale 1:76, this lovely red Bedford CA van from around 1960 is decorated with the two 2016 Christmas stamps. A numbered certificate of authenticity accompanies the car.

Edition 2800
Price €21.95

2016 Sepac folder


The seventh SEPAC folder has the common theme Seasons. The folder contains 12 SEPAC stamps from the following participating postal services: the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Monaco. SEPAC stands for Small European Postal Administrations' Cooperation.

Date of issue 5 September 2016
Price €15.00
 



One apple shows four Åland seasons on 2016 Sepac stamp


Appearing on 12 August is Åland Post's 2016 Sepac stamp on the joint theme seasons. Graphic designer Annika Zetterqvist has chosen to illustrate the seasons from the perspective of an apple.

The Åland climate is particularly favourable for cultivating apples. Influenced by the surrounding sea, it has a relatively mild winter and a rather late spring, which minimises the risk of frost damage during flowering. The apple trees are at their most beautiful in May and June. Summers are usually sunny and followed by long and warm autumns, so harvesting normally starts around mid-August, lasting until the end of October. In recent years, apples as a garden produce have significantly increased its share of the total Åland farming produce. In 2014, apples for 4.8 million euros were sold, the bulk of which was exported to Finland.

Graphic designer Annika Zetterqvist's idea behind the 2016 motif may be summarised by the words "germinate, blossom, ripen and enjoy", four words that appear in both the first day cancel, on the stamp sheet and on the first day cover. Dawning on Annika as her work progressed, the words symbolise the seasons of both nature and life.

Date of issue 12 August 2016
Artist Annika Zetterqvist
Edition 140 000
Denominations Inrikes (€1.30)
Price FDC €2.00
Stamp size 35 x 35 mm
Sheet size 2 x 15 stamps
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset
Printing house Bpost
  

Björn Ulvaeus presents his Åland in the My Åland stamp series


On 8 July, Åland Post has the great honour of presenting ABBA legend Björn Ulvaeus' image of Åland with an issue in the My Åland stamp series. An image featuring the Åland archipelago was Björn's obvious choice of motif, and the stamp shows the picturesque approach to Karlby village on Kökar.

Björn Ulvaeus has primarily visited Åland by yacht.
"I come from Västervik, a small town located on the eastern coast of Sweden, so, naturally, boats have always played a part in my life. Until a few years ago, I always went south along the Swedish coast, but that was before I discovered the Åland Islands. Nowadays, I prefer to take my yacht across the Åland Sea to cruise in the archipelago."

Kökar is one of the locations that have made an impression on Björn. The stamp shows the picturesque approach to Brudhäll guest harbour and Karlby village in the morning haze.
"I've fallen in love with Kökar. At my first visit, we docked at a pier on the northern side of Kökar and walked along the country road to the village shop located a few kilometres away, at a crossroads. It was a glorious summer's day and I honestly don't think I have ever experienced such peace and tranquillity anywhere else in the world. Later, I sailed the lovely narrow approach to Karlby on the southern side of Kökar."

Björn Ulvaeus' stamp is the eleventh in the My Åland series that offer celebrities with an Åland connection an opportunity to illustrate their image of the Åland province. Previous artists for the series are Lill Lindfors, Mauno Koivisto, Mark Levengood, Björn Borg, Martti Ahtisaari, Åke Lindman, Marcus Grönholm, Caroline af Ugglas, Robert Helenius and Tarja Halonen.

Date of issue 8 July 2016
Photographer Kjell Söderlund
Edition 140 000
Denominations Världen (€1.30)
Price FDC €2.00
Stamp size 38,4 x 28 mm
Sheet size 2 x 15 stamps
Paper 110 g/m²
Perforation 13 per 2 cm
Printing method 4-colour offset
Printing house Bpost
 
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