Friday, November 20, 2009

Finnish Postcard

Another lovely postcard mailed from Pori, Finland! Thank you once again, Johanna! The simple yet elegant stamp depicts Mr Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland (1994-2000) and also the winner of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.
The blue-tinted 0.80€ stamp bears a picture of Ahtisaari, his name and "Nobel 2008 Peace Prize" in four languages. The stamp was issued on the same date as the prize award, which was 10th Dec 2008.
This postcard features another great Finnish man, Mr. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Sibelius was a composer of the later Romantic period whose music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. One of his most popular work is the Finlandia hymn. Written in 1899 and 1900, it is one of the most important national songs of Finland. As suggested by Johanna, one should listen to it on You Tube and definitely without lyrics.

That's all for today folks! Enjoy your stamps!

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