The Europa theme for 2015 is old toys showing culture and history of Europe.
The toy monkey on the stamp belongs to Ålander Marcus Quarnström. Two similar toy monkeys are also in his possession: one, he used to play with as a child; the other belonged to his mother.
The toy monkey featured on the stamp was, however, purchased at the Lions Club annual flea market in Mariehamn and is of unknown origin.
The toy monkey stamp also features one of the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.
The EUROPA stamp issues encourage cooperation between European postal operators, particularly with regard to the promotion of philately by creating awareness of Europe’s common roots, culture, history and goals.
Title: Europa 2015 – Aland
Date of Issue: 8 May 2015