The Norwegian Posten issued a set of four stamps commemorating the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics open on February 8. Sochi, the popular resort city on the Black Sea, is located at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, which are a main reason why the city is now hosting the Winter Olympics. Sochi has a population of 328,000, and the Olympic facilities are planned to strengthen winter tourism in the mountainous region surrounding the city. In this way, the Krasnodar Krai region and Sochi will stand out as one of the biggest combined summer and winter destinations in Europe.
When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) awarded the Winter Games to Sochi, it represented the first time Russia or the former Soviet Union was named host of the prestigious sporting event.
The stamps feature famous Norwegian athletes: Marit Bjorgen, Tora Berger, Petter Northug and Aksel Lund Svindal.