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Åland Post’s 2022 stamps

Written by catpaw

November 16, 2021

Åland Post must be one of the most organised postal services in the world. Not only do they issue their yearly stamp program well in advance, they also include scans. 11 stamps will be released in 2022 with the first arriving in February and the last October 20.  A number of familiar themes return, starting with the tractors and ending with the Lunar New Year and Christmas issues. 

One of the highlights, for me, is the appearance of gnomes. YES, WE HAVE GNOMES IN LITTLE RED HATS! This makes me unnaturally happy for some reason. Finnish artist Sami Saramäki’s Christmas Gnomes are … oh … I can’t help it.. so fricken adorable, I can’t stand it. 

We also get a peak at next year’s Lunar New Year Cycle. It’ll be the Year of the Rabbit and Martin Mörck returns to design the 2022 set. The stamps feature mountain hares, native to the region, frolicking around the Havsvidden resort in Geta, northern Åland. 

As well as the yearly themes, Åland Post also participates in the EUROPA and SEPAC competitions. This year’s EUROPA theme is Fairy Tales & stories. The Sjörå, the Mistress of the Lake  is the topic. SEPAC’s 2022  theme explores Local Drinks and  Åland features bottles of fresh squeezed sea-buckthorn juice. Sea-buckthorn is a deciduous shrub native to the islands. Not sure what it tastes like. If you’ve ever had any, drop a comment below and let us know. 

I’ve already started filling in details about some of the stamps. More will come as the year progresses. The images here are preliminary. As each issue is released, better versions, FDCs, maxis and cancels will be released so I’ll plunk them in and update the entries.  

As always, feel free to leave a comment and enjoy the fun. Don’t forget to stop in and see last year’s stamps.   

February

Postage tickets, 100 years of stubbornness

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self adhesive franking labels

Designer: Annika Rehn Zetterqvist

Release date: February 1, 2021


Veteran tractors 

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2 stamps

Ford from the 1940s, with a few innovations & a 1956 Finnish Vlamet 20

 … a home-built car-tractor built by Runar Karlsson of Ringsböle in Jomala in the beginning of the 1940s. The framework came off a Ford model A, and the tractor was later renovated by his grandson Kristoffer Karlsson. The second stamp shows a Finnish Old-Reliable, a red Valmet 20 from 1956, residing on the archipelago island of Sottunga. The owner Raul Petrell received it as a gift from his mother when he was 10 years old. Welcome to the premiere of Åland 2022 postage stamp program! Watch the presentation here | www.alandstamps.com

Designer/Photographer: David Lundberg
Lundberg designed last year’s Tractor stamps

Release date: February 1, 2021


March

Segelpaviljongen – Åland Yacht Club ÅSS

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1 stamp

The house in gingerbread style was drawn by Lars Sonck (1870–1956), one of Finland’s most high-profile architects in the early 1900s. The house was built 1895–1899 as summer villa and moved to its current location in 1922, where it serves as a popular restaurant today. Welcome to the premiere of Åland 2022 postage stamp program! Watch the presentation here | www.alandstamps.com

Designer/artist: Carolina Sundelin

Release date: March 25, 2021


Frisbee golf

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Åland is home to the largest density of disk golf (or frisbee golf) courses in the world, with one course celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. 

Designer: Sanna Mander

Release date: March 25, 2021


May

Europa 2022 – fairy tales & stories

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SJÖRÅET – Sjörå, the Mistress of the Lake,

Designer: Lasse Harkkala

Release date: May 9, 2021


June 

Contemporary art of the Åland Islands (booklet)

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7 stamps in booklet format 

The following contemporary Åland artists are featured on these stamps:  Barbro Eriksson, Erica Signell, Gunnar Sjöblom, Johan Karlsson, Kurt Simons, Minna Öberg and Tiina Tahvanainen.

Tiina Tahvanainen’s work is featured on Åland’s September 2022 SEPAC stamp. 

Designer: Artwork supplied courtesy Åland Art Museum and Gallery Skarpans

Release date: June 9, 2021


Autonomy of the Åland Islands 100 years (miniature sheet)

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1 stamp on a souvenir sheet

Designer: Jonas Wilén
Wilén designed the 2021 Åland at 100 years stamp

Release date: June 9, 2021


September

SEPAC – local drinks

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Photographer: Tiina Tahvanainen
Tahvanainen’s artwork appears on the 2022 stamp

Release date: September 6, 2021


Tick research

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1 stamp

Designer: Peter Bergström

Release date: September 6, 2021


October

Year of the Rabbit (miniature sheet)

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1 stamp on a souvenir sheet

Designer: Martin Mörck
Prolific engraver and stamp designer, Mörck designed 2021’s Year of the Cat stamps. He also designed and engraved the C. Z. Slania anniversary stamps for the Faroe Islands  and Greenland.

Release date: October 20, 2021


Christmas 2022

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2 stamps

Designer: Sami Saramäki

Release date: October 20, 2021


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