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Faroe Islands Postal Services 2005 Issue
Designed by Martin Morck

Everyday Life in the Viking Age

Faroe Islands Postal Service will issue a new mini-sheet that contains three stamps that have a postage value of 7,50 DDK each named "Everyday Life in the Viking Age" on the 2nd of February 2005. The new mini-sheet depicts the life style of the Vikings in the Faroes in the 10th and 11th Century. A study of the Vikings that live on the Faroe Islands shows that they lived off the land & sea. They raised pigs, sheep and cattle, hunted seabirds, and were also fisherman. There rooms were illuminated by means of oil lamps which were made of soft volcanic rock. Kitchen utensils found were made of earthenware or soapstone. Cutting tools were made of clay slate, mica schist or whetstones. Many other items that were found indicated that the Vikings were not bound to the Faroe Islands alone. It is suggested that many of the items used by the Vikings in the Faroes came from Norway or other foreign regions.

"Everyday life in the Viking Age" stamps can be purchased as mini-sheet canceled or mint. An FDC is also available. The size of the mini-sheet is 160mm x 70mm and the size of each stamp is 39,52mm x 28,84mm with a 13.25 perforation. They will be printed by Post Denmark, Stamps using the Steel plate/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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