Finnish stamps published on March 5 illustrate trains in celebration of the 150th anniversary of VR. Other pictorial stamp motifs include Easter birds and bunnies, flowers, wedding rings, and spring festivities. Nordic stamps published at the end of March present marine rescue and coast guard operations.
VR 150 Years is a booklet of six self-adhesive stamps designed by Tarja Salonen. The stamps depict trains from different periods from the steam locomotive Ukkopekka to the newest train called Allegro. The stamps present passenger and cargo traffic, as well as VR operations during different seasons. The shape of the stamps has been cut to perspective to give them the feeling of motion.
Easter greetings can now be sent in a fun way using the booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps. Designed by Janne Harju, the Happy Easter! stamp depicts an Easter bird and bunny that are painting an Easter egg - the bird with a willow catkin and the bunny with its tail.
A miniature sheet designed by Klaus Welp as part of the Marine Scandinavia series will be published on March 21. This year's theme is "Life at Sea". Stamps with a similar theme will be released at the same time in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, and on the Aland Islands, Faroe Islands and Greenland. The Norden: Marine Scandinavia 2012 miniature sheet published in Finland depicts coast guard and marine rescue operations.