Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Aland Islands 2016 - Christmas

COUNTRY: Åland Islands
ISSUE DATE: 10 October 2016
THEME: Christmas
STAMP SIZE: 35.4 x 26  mm
STAMP DESIGN: Maja Lindberg

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.

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.

Stamp images thanks to Åland Post

Åland Post