Five colourful Vacation stamps from Finland depict the joys of summer.
Because of the long, cold winter Finns celebrate their summer very passionately.
Some go to music festivals, offering a choice of jazz, blues, rock, opera and chamber music.
Others are sailing among the coastal islands or enjoying slow life at their summer cottages – swimming, fishing and cooking dinner on the grill.
For three brief – but oh, so sweet! – months, the temperatures soar high and the sun does not set at all.
Vacation stamps from Finland
The traditional market stall and the lively skater present the diversity of the urban culture.
Of course, the stamps also feature the beach, but the effect of weather on the happy days of Finnish summer cannot be avoided.
“City dwellers running for cover in sudden rain was a very suitable image for describing the surprising nature of weather in summer,” says Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi, the designer of the stamps.
“For me, the most personal image would be summery feet in sandals. The feeling after you’ve used all your tricks and nail polish to make your feet ready for summer!”
When in the city Finns enjoy their months of sunshine on the sidewalk and park terraces around town.
Market places of all sort are another attraction.
The signs are small at first – the marketplaces feature strawberries or peas eaten fresh – but by midsummer the Nordic nation has definitely defrosted.
From large-scale rock festivals to small local happenings, you’ll find something going on more or less every day throughout the Finnish summer.
The largest festivals have been around for decades and cater for all tastes in the popular music category, gathering tens of thousands of people.
Works of the well-known graphic designer and illustrator have been seen on both Finnish products and large foreign brands.
The customers of Kuusniemi include Posti, Fazer, Arla, and Elle Magazine.
Title: Vacation stamps from Finland
Date of Issue: 6 May 2015
Denominations: 1st class x 5
Source: Finland Stamps