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Santa Claus, reindeer and Northern lights lend wings to the journey of Christmas mail

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Finnish Christmas stamps will be issued on November 5, 2010. The theme of the first stamp of EUR 0.55 in value is Santa Claus, and the other illustrates a reindeer designed by Tommi Vallisto. The 1st class NVI Christmas stamp illustrates Christmas magic in Lapland.

The design of the new stamps represents how Christmas is seen internationally, particularly in Japan.

This year, a joint issue with Japanese Post will be released together with the Finnish Christmas stamps.

A five-stamp miniature sheet denominated in euro is the work of four Japanese designers: Masaki Koide, Sonoko Arai, Ken Kuroi and Goro Sasaki. The joint issue comprises 500,000 sheets in Finland.

The Christmas stamps designed by Tommi Vallisto will be issued in Japan on November 8.

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