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Finland Postal Services 2005 Issue
Design by Ari Lakaniemi/Susanna Rumpu


Finland Postal Service has issued four new stamps that have postage values of First Class named "Icebreakers" on the 7th of September 2005. Finland is know for it's technological know how when it comes to building heavyweight vessels. These four stamps depict four of there best built Icebreakers. These icebreakers can clear a path through ice up to 20 meters thick. They are used to clear shipping lanes in Finnish water during the winter, and during the warmer months they go over to serving oilfields and cable-laying in other countries. The four icebreakers depicted on these stamps are:

  • Urho (Top Stamp)- is the oldest of the fleet build in 1975 and is used to secure shipping in the northernmost ports.
  • Otso (2nd Stamp) - designed smaller than the Urho and is more economical to run than the Urho.
  • Fennica (3rd Stamp) - a large multipurpose icebreaker use for icebreaking, Oilfields and cable-laying.
  • Botnica (Bottom Stamp) - is the most technologically advanced. Build to hold steady in rough weather and heavy seas. Its structure permits demanding underwater work.

"Icebreakers" stamps can be purchased in a booklet of 4, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 53mm x 23mm and the size of each booklet sheet is 130mm x 55mm. Each stamp has a Perforation size of 13 1/4. The stamps will be printed by Joh. Enschede Stamps, Netherlands using the CMYK Printing process with Sopal offset coated 110 gram per meter square paper. A quantity of 600,000 booklets will be printed.

Icebreakers FDC

Icebreakers FDC Stamp

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