The stamp year 2012 in Finland brings various releases related to culture, sports and anniversaries, and naturally the ever-popular nature themes. A total of 22 stamp sets consisting of 73 different stamps will be published in 2012. Next year's versatile stamps have been designed by talented designers, of whom as many as 13 are first time stamp designers.
At the beginning of the stamp year, on 23 January, a stamp booklet related to the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program will be published. The pictures for the booklet were selected from entries to an open online design competition organized last spring. The judges and the public chose eight works from among 1,422 entries. These will be published in the Future City stamp booklet. Design agency Kokoro & Moi turned the awarded works into stamps.
Year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862