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Faroe Islands Postal Service 2004 Issue
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Stóra Dímun & Lítla Dímun

The Faroe Islands Postal Service will issue 2 new stamps that have postage values of 5,50 and 7,00 DKK (Danish Kroner) named "Stóra Dímun & Lítla Dímun" on the 26th of January 2004. The two stamps depict two of the many Faroe Islands. One stamp shows the island of Stóra and the other stamp shows the island of Lítla Dímun. These two islands are among the smallest of the Faroe Islands and are surrounded by other islands of the Faroes. Each of the islands histories and other information are as follows:

  • Stóra Dímun (5,50 DDK) - linguist have determine that its name is Celtic in origin and means two humps, ridges or hills. It has an area of 2.65 km square and reaches a height of 395 meters. Its land is very fertile and there are plenty of birds puffins and kittiwakes. The accessibility to the island is very difficult and many men have been killed. One of them was the parish priest, who fell from the Kleivin (the path down to the landing place) in 1874 on his way to the boat. The island has been inhabited since the landnam initial settlement in the 10th and 11th Centuries.
  • Lítla Dímun (7,00 DDK) - this is the smallest of the Faroe Islands with an area of only 0.82Km square that reaches only 14 meters in height. It has never been inhabited because it is very steep and difficult to land on. At the top there is a small level area. Animals are plentiful on the island with at least 270 sheep and a large number of birds, especially puffins. At one time there was a unique breed of sheep on the island, but they are now extinct. They were more like goats, with a short fleece, and they were smaller than modern sheep. Three of these sheep were stuffed, and can be seen at the National Museum of the Faroe Islands in Tórshavn.

"Stóra Dímun & Lítla Dímun" stamps can be purchased as a single mint or canceled set, different mint or canceled plate blocks (Top plate or bottom plate), set of full sheets, or various FDC types. Each stamp size is 24 mm x 36 mm with a perforation size of 13. The stamps will be printed by Cartor Security Printing, France using the offset printing process.


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.stamps.fo Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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