Annual Report 2014

Awards for Finnish stamps

In the fall, three Finnish stamps were recognized with awards in international design competitions. Sanna Mander’s “Kantele” stamp was chosen as the second most beautiful stamp of the year in the EUROPA series. In the stamp, there is a hidden code which opens a Sibelius Folk Big Band music video on your smartphone or tablet. Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu’s “Christmas Hug” was voted youth-theme runner-up in the highly-regarded Grands Prix de l’Art Philatélique Belge et Européen, and the Orchid stamp received the award for the best stamp in the printing technique category at the Spanish NexoFil: The World’s Best Stamp 2013 competition.

According to the results of the survey we published in connection with the Stamp Day, stamps are still valued. Altogether 62 per cent of consumers have stamps for sending items and 27% as collectables. Two out of three consumers send personal letters annually and nearly as many hold stamps in store for future use.

Each year, approximately 20 new stamp releases are published. During the year, Tom of Finland, ancient Finnish castles, the Dudesons and the Finnjet ferry, for example, were honored with dedicated stamp designs. The 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s (1914–2001) birth was also celebrated with dedicated stamps.

The Tom of Finland stamps attracted a great deal of attention, and a record-breaking number of them were pre-ordered at Posti’s online shop. Thanks to the stamps, we also received the Apple of Good Information honorable mention from Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland.