Åland – Christmas seals 2022

 2022 Christmas seals sold in support of Åland youth workers

 On 20 October, Åland Post issues this year’s sheet of 

Christmas seals for decoration of your Christmas cards and parcels. Illustrator Sami Saramäki has illustrated the self-adhesive stickers with well-known Christmas and winter symbols. As in previous years, proceeds from the sale are distributed to socially useful activities in Åland. This year’s beneficiary is “Fältarna”, a team of street workers working with and for teenagers. 

Since 1993, Åland Post has supported non-profit associations and relief activities in Åland through the sale of Christmas seals. The beneficiary of the 2022 Christmas seal grant is “Fältarna”, a team of community-based street workers working with and for teenagers aged 13–17. The youth workers strive to create safe connections and be a continuous support on the youth’s terms, and serve as a link between parents, school, social services, and police. Visiting schools, youth centres, and parent meetings and organizing youth groups, they offer teenagers an opportunity to discuss subjects such as domestic violence, drugs, alcohol, bullying, love worries, and loneliness. The grant will be used for study materials and activities for the teens.

Sami Saramäki lives in Helsinki and has worked as an illustrator in the advertising industry for some 20 years. Sami often illustrates winter motifs and says: “For some reason, I’m often asked to illustrate winterscapes, but I don’t mind. I like winter, so, this assignment suited me perfectly.”

Facts about the issue

Name Christmas seals 2022

Date of issue 20 October 2022

Artist Sami Saramäki

Design Johanna Finne

Edition 3000 sheets of 20 self-adhesive seals 

Price €5.00

Size 30,6 × 25,8 mm

Sheet size 210 × 145 mm

Paper Sticotac Semigloss, White 80 gsm

Process 4-colour offset

Printer Cartor Security Printers

The stamps are available for purchase in Åland Post Stamps webshop www.alandstamps.com.

Åland – Christmas 2022

Modern version of classic gnomes on 2022 Åland Christmas stamps

 Christmas starts early with the release of this year’s Christmas stamps on 20 October. Finnish illustrator Sami Saramäki debuts for Åland Post with a retro-inspired and poetic Christmas series. “I made several sketches, but those with small gnomes quickly became favourites, so, they became my focus point for the stamp motifs”, Sami reveals. 

Christmas is the holiday when we send most greetings by post. Scandinavians’ image of Christmas celebrations has been influenced by the card motifs. Many Christmas symbols have been around since the first cards were imported from England and Germany in the 1800s, introducing foreign traditions such as gnomes, Christmas tree, and presents to the Nordic peoples. Swedish artist Jenny Nyström’s illustrations of gnomes and Åland descendant Haddon 

Sundblom’s drawings of Santa Claus in the 1930s have also contributed to our image of Santa and his little helpers.

For this year’s Christmas stamps, illustrator Sami Saramäki created a modern version of the classic gnomes. On one stamp, the gnomes are on their way to Åland with the Christmas mail, guided by the lighthouse on the island Sälskär, located northwest of main Åland. On the other stamp, they have taken a break from their delivery round at the 13th century St. Michael church in Finström.

Sami describes his creative process: “I started by researching which visual elements would be suitable for traditional stamps. Those with small gnomes quickly became favourites. Pondering on different settings for the gnomes, I liked the Finström church and Sälskär lighthouse. I made 3D models of the church and lighthouse on my computer to better understand their forms.”

Åland - Christmas 2022
Åland – Christmas 2022

Facts about the issue

Name Christmas 2022

Date of issue 20 October 2022

Artist Sami Saramäki

Design Johanna Finne

Editions 130 000 & 45 000

Denominations Julpost (€1.20) & Världen (€2.60)

Price FDC €4.80

Price maximum card €3.50

Stamp size 35,6× 25,5 mm

Sheet size 2 × 20 stamps

Paper 110 g/m2

Perforation 13 per 2 cm

Process 4-colour offset

Printer Cartor Security Printers

The stamps are available for purchase in Åland Post Stamps webshop www.alandstamps.com.

Åland – Hare

Winter-strolling Åland hares on this year’s Chinese zodiac stamp issue 

 20 October sees a continuation of the odyssey of the Chinese horoscope animals in an Åland setting. On this ninth miniature sheet in the series, interpreting the Year of the Hare, artist Martin Mörck has illustrated hares in their winter-attire, roaming among modern holiday houses on northern Åland. 

Artist Martin Mörck was commissioned to illustrate the zodiac animal in an Åland winter setting. He explains: 

“White hare against white snow was the challenge. I thought of Bruno Liljefors and got to work. One of the modern cliff houses was to appear in the background, so, I used the reflections of the sea in the windows. I drew the water a little bluer than it might be at this time of year and a faint winter sun. It worked well as a contrast, and I could also use the blue tone for shadows in the snow. I gathered the hares in a small-talking group down by the reeds. The reeds became the warm element, along with the calligraphy. This time, there were no hidden details to discover, but I am very pleased with the result!” 

The mountain hare (Lepus timidus) is the only hare appearing in Åland. In the winter, they often roam among the modern holiday houses in northern Geta. The Havsvidden Resort with a guest harbour, hotel, and restaurant has been aorund for 30 years. In the early 2000s, the resort was expanded with modern cliff villas. Blending into the landscape among the red granite cliffs, the 40 cliff houses are equipped with 1–3 bedrooms, sauna, large terraces, and panoramic windows with sweeping views of the sea.

Facts about the issue 

Name of issue Hare 

Date of issue 20 October 2022 

Artist Martin Mörck 

Design Johanna Finne 

Calligraphy Ruizhen Liu 

Edition 25 000 

Denomination €3.60 

Price FDC €4.60 

Price maximum card €3.50 

Stamp size 60 × 50 mm 

Sheet size 170 × 95 mm 

Paper 110 g/m2 

Perforation 13 per 2 cm 

Process 4-colour offset 

Printer Cartor Security Printers 

The stamps are available for purchase in Åland Post Stamps webshop www.alandstamps.com.