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Finnish history, nature and Finnish children of today on the first stamps of the year 2009

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On 22 January, 17 different stamps will go on sale in six separate issues. The striking 1809 Building a Nation miniature sheet goes back 200 years in Finnish history to the Diet of Porvoo in the company of the great men of the day. The four stamps on the sheet depict the Tsar of Russia and Grand Duke of Finland Alexander, and leading Finns, Counts G.M. Sprengtporten and C.E. Mannerheim and G.M. Armfelt. The sheet has a print run of 250,000. In addition to this, a numbered batch of 4,000 sheets will be printed on special paper and with 24-carat gold in the gilt foil.

Also to be issued on 22 January are the stamps Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Peony, and Hospital Work, and a five-stamp booklet depicting Finnish children of different ethnic backgrounds in the costumes of their dream professions. The January offerings also include drop-shaped stamps designed for Valentine's Day greetings.

The Peony stamp bears a face value of 1.10 euros, all the others are 1st class non-value indicator stamps.

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