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Finland: Christmas stamps

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This year's Christmas stamps will be issued on 2 November. The stamps featuring mice in red caps were drawn by graphic designer Marjo Nygard-Niemisto. The mice are known to the Finnish public from works including the poetry book Kuono kohti tahtea, the illustrator of which, Marjo Nygard-Niemisto, won the 2005 Finlandia Junior prize.

Two miniature sheets will be issued at the same time as the Christmas stamps. The Memories of Finland miniature sheet celebrates outstanding years of Finnish independence. The sheet includes eight stamps showing the lives of Finns, using real pictures from Finnish home photo albums. The other miniature sheet is a joint issue with the postal operator of Hong Kong. It is comprised of two stamps, one of which shows modern Finnish crafts and the other ancient craftwork from China.

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