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Sweden Christmas 2005 Stamp Issue

Iceland Christmas 2005 Stamp Issue

Faroe Islands Christmas 2005 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year because there are so many Christmas Stamps Issues, we decided to cover three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. Each country Christmas stamps and specification are listed below.

Sweden issued one set of four stamps named "Christmas in a Noisy Village" and a single stamp named "Kerstin's Skiing Tour". Both were issued on the 10th of November 2005. Designed and Illustrated by Ilon Wikland from the children classic book Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren's. The stamps depict the children of Bullerbyn in Christmas preparations and games. The size of each stamp is 31.25mm x 26.60mm. They were printed by Sweden Post Stamps, Sweden using the Offset printing process. The Christmas in Noisy Village stamps can be purchase in booklet of 10 and the Kerstin's Skiing Tour stamp can be purchase in a coil. Collector's sheet and FDC are also available.

Iceland issued a new two stamp Christmas set designed by Hany Hadaya and named "Christmas Stamps 2005". Issued on 13th of November 2005 the stamps depict a pinetree and an apple which are the most cherished symbols for Icelandic Christmas. The pinetree refers to decorations and the apple is a reminder to Iceland that Fruits were a rarity in their country that had to be imported from the USA. The size of each stamp is 28mm x 45mm and were printed by Joh. Enschede Stamps BV using the Offset printing process with perfumed ink. The stamps can be purchased in a sheet of 10, or FDC. Apple Stamp can be purchased in Booklet of 10 also.

Faroe Islands issued two new stamps for Christmas named "The Christmas Ballad" and "The Rudis Ballard". Both stamps were designed by Anker Eli Petersen and issued on the 7th of November 2005. The stamps depict Mary and the Baby Jesus and the wicked Herod who tried to kill the baby Jesus. Each stamp size is 31.5mm x 48mm and has a perforation of 14. They were printed by Carter Security Printing, France using the Offset printing process.

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