Sunday, March 29, 2009

My cool cover from Iceland!

Here is my first cover from Iceland! This was sent by an eBayer in Kόpavogur, Iceland’s second largest city. It had traveled an estimated distance of 11,514km and took 6 days to reach me. Cool!The top left stamp on the cover belongs to the “Glaciers in Iceland” Series, issued on 24th May 2007. Glaciers are formed when snow does not melt during the summers. Glaciers cover about 11% of Iceland's Surface and the stamps depict five of them.
Breioamerkurjokull (5 ISK) - second largest in the world Langjokull (60 ISK) - second largest in IcelandHoffjokull (80 ISK) - smallest ice cap in IcelandSnaefellsjokull (110 ISK) - rises 1446 meters above Sea LevelOraefajokull (300 ISK).

The 3 identical stamps on the cover depict a Yule Goblin Stiff-Legs. It is part of a pair of Christmas stamps issued on 6th Dec 2008. Post Iceland always ends the year by issuing its annual traditional Christmas stamps. According to legend 13 Goblins arrive from the mountains before Christmas. The first one, Stiff-legs, arrives on December 12th. The last one, Candle-beggar arrives on Christmas Eve.
The other stamp of the set shows the Christmas cat. The cat is the house pet of the goblins' parents, Gryla and Leppaludi, and anyone who does not receive a new garment for Christmas is said to be taken by the cat.
These stamps were designed by two children who won the Iceland post competition for the best Christmas Stamps.

The round stamps belong to a set of 2 Christmas stamps, issued in 2007. The 45 ISK stamp on the bottom left of cover depicts a ptarmigan. It is part of a pair of Christmas stamps, issued in 2004. The other stamp in this set features a reindeer. Both are symbols of winter and Icelandic Christmas. Next on the cover are 2 stamps (55 ISK) designed by Orn Smari-Gislason for Christmas 2006. They depict mirror images of angels. While the 75 ISK stamp in this set shows multiple images of hearts. It is sad to note that Iceland went ‘bankrupt’ towards the end of last year.

What ‘bankrupt’ means is just that: The country cannot pay back its external debts, and the Icelandic currency, the krona, has become essentially valueless in the rest of the world. That means the country can no longer pay for imports. The future is uncertain, but it seems sure that every Icelander will see a big decline in their standard of living.

This chart clearly defines what happened. ( I think this is only tip of the ice berg, the world is in very tricky water.

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