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Faroe Islands Postal Service 2015 Issue
Designed by Martin Morck

Religion in the Viking Age

The Faroe Islands Postal Service will issue a new minisheet that has three stamps with a postage value of 12kr named "Religion in the Viking Age" on the 28th of September 2015. It is suggested that in the Viking Age a global exchange system was created by the Scandinavian communities who developed routes throughout the lands. In the 9th century the Scandinavians expanded up into the North Atlantic. From these routes it is believed that Christians from Ireland had most likely set foot in the Faroe Islands before the Viking Age. Many places of worship found in the Faroe Islands are modeled the same as small monasteries in Irish Christianity. Wooden crucifixes also of the Irish type have been found in Viking Age Tontines in Leitrim that date to the time before the official conversion to Christianity. Also Christian crucifixes of different types inscribed on tombstones and stone tools or carved in wood are found at several location dating back to the Viking and early middle ages in the Faroe Islands.

Religion in the Viking Age minisheet can be purchased as a minisheet and FDCs. The size of the stamps is 34mm x 25mm and the size of the miniature sheet is 156mm x 60mm. It will be printed by Sweden Post Stamps using the offset/Intaglio printing method.

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