Fashion, Moomins and the scent of a birch whisk on Finnish stamps

On May 6, a miniature sheet on fashion with five 1st class non-value indicator stamps will be issued. The miniature sheet features drawings of creations by six young Finnish designers who have achieved international success: dresses by Jasmin Santanen and Tuomas and Anna Laitinen, shoes by Minna Parikka and Julia Lundsten, and a handbag by Sanna Kantola. All these accessories are from this year's spring collections. The miniature sheet was illustrated by Laura Laine.

Along with the Fashion sheet, two stamp booklets will be issued in May. One shows the much-loved Moomins on their adventures. The booklet includes six 1st class non-value indicator stamps and they are illustrated with cartoon sketches by Tove Jansson. The originals are in the collection of Tampere Art Museum's Moomin Valley. The other booklet features Finnish sauna culture. A speciality of the Sauna booklet is its scent: its five 1st class non-value indicator stamps release a gentle bouquet of birch leaves when scratched. Paivi Vainionpaa is the designer of both booklets.

The EUROPA stamp series of European postal operators will be continued on 6 May. On that date, two stamps will be issued in Finland on the common theme, which this year is astronomy. The stamps bear a value of 0.80 euros. The stamps were designed by Johannes Nieminen.

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