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Denmark’s 2022 stamp program

Written by catpaw
November 28, 2021

It’s never too soon to check out next year’s stamp programs. So, let’s enjoy Denmark’s 2022 offerings.

Their issuing program is traditionally very small, but interesting.  2021 started off with mouth watering deserts from the Danish cooking show Den Store Bagedyst. As fun as it was, it wasn’t the year’s star. That honour went to Bertil Skov Jørgensen’s Golden Age – Danish history of innovation and work 1800-1850 .  Jørgensen captured a classic feel to the set and it was a standout for it’s historical content. 

Golden Age - Danish history of innovation and work 1800-1850 old train engine Golden Age - Danish history of innovation and work 1800-1850 city street Golden Age - Danish history of innovation and work 1800-1850 dancing Golden Age - Danish history of innovation and work 1800-1850

 “The stamps presents examples of the numerous discoveries and works from that period of the Danish history (around 1800-1850) that came to play a key role in the country´s society and self-image.” PostNord butik

Denmark’s 2022 stamps begin the year with a charming set of Proverbs.  I’ve tried to translate the titles, but the only one I had any success with is “When the cat is away, the mice will play”, which awkwardly translated to “when the cat is out, the mice play on the table”.  Google Translate doesn’t always come up aces, but it can be entertaining. I’ll just wait for the releases which, hopefully, will supply a proper translation. 

Printing methods

One change I recently made in stamp listings is the inclusion of print types for each stamp. Denmark primarily  uses offset printing methods, with the occasional engraved stamp, such as last year’s tribute to Cz. Slania. I enjoy these fiddley details about stamp design and thought there are some who may also enjoy the information. 

Offset, or lithography, is a printing process that uses printing plates (usually made of aluminum, although early plates were tin) and wet ink.  If you are trying to understand the different printing processes, this short video might help you with offset printing.

France prints a lot of engraved, or intaglio, stamps so if you’d like to learn a bit more about that process, check out my intro to France 2021. I included a brief introduction to  intaglio, along with a video that shows how it’s done. 

So, off we go to 2022.  Feel free to leave a comment about the stamps, or ask a question. I may not know the answer, but I’m always up for a challenging info search. 



Denmark 2022 Fables two Denmark 2022 Fables three Denmark 2022 Fables one Denmark 2022 Fables four Denmark 2022 Fables five

5 stamps
4 colour offset

Graphic design: PostNord Stamps/Ella Clausen
Clausen designed the 2021 EUROPA  Endangered National Wildlife – Butterflies, Olsen Gang in Jutland and Everyday Heroes sets.

Release date: January 3, 2022


Denmark 2022 Astronomy two Denmark 2022 Astronomy three Denmark 2022 Astronomy one Denmark 2022 Astronomy four Denmark 2022 Astronomy five  

Astronomy FDC

5 stamps, FDC, cancel
5 colour offset

Designer: PostNord Stamps/Ella Clausen
Photographs:  Mars 2020 Mission  NASA/JPL-Caltech 

Release date: January 3, 2022 

Golden Jubilee – H.M. Queen Margrethe II – 50th Jubilee 

Golden Jubilee Denmark 2022 

Golden Jubilee - H.M. Queen Margrethe II – 50th Jubilee  Golden Jubilee - H.M. Queen Margrethe II – 50th Jubilee 

2 stamps on souvenir sheet, 2 FDCs, cancel
6 colour offset

Original drawing: Martin Mörck 
Designer: Ella Clausen

Release date: January 3, 2022


EUROPA 2022 – Histories and Myths

EUROPA Denmark 2022 sheet 

EUROPA 2022 - Histories and Myths

3 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel
2 colour offset

The subterraneans of Bornholm

Bornholm folklore sometimes references “De Underjordiske”, a kind of people that live under the many ancient burial mounds that spot the landscape. Lars sometimes calls the people “subterraneans”, “pixies” or “underearthlings”. They’re known as a militant group, fiercely defending themselves, their homes in the mounds, and the island. But not an unthankful group either, rewarding humans for kindness or bravery.
HBM129: The Underearthlings — Here Be Monsters Podcast (

The link above has a 27 min podcast interview with Lars Christian Kofoed Rømer, an anthropologist who has done extensive research on the tales of the underground of Bornholm. The interview is in English. His 2018 PhD dissertation was Tales in an Underground Landscape: Anthropological Excursions in the Danish Island of Bornholm. 

This set uses papercut technique. 

Designer/papercut artist: Ane Cecilie Mogensen 

Release date: May 19, 2022

Significant Women

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10 stamps
4 colour offset

Features 10 remarkable women from the past 150 years. 

  • Nielsine Nielsen (1850 -1916) – Denmark’s first female student, first academic, first doctor
  • Anne Marie Carl Nielsen (1863-1945) – sculptor. One of her works, Equestrian Statue, can be seen at the Christiansborg’s riding track
  • Karen Volf (1864-1946) – entrepreneur who used her pastry chef skills to establish a her own business, Bisca, which grew into an empire. She did this in the 1920s, a time when women were not allowed to own their own business or have their own money.
  • Nina Bang (1866-1928) –  politician. Bang was the first “parliamentarily elected female minister”
  • Inge Lehmann (1888-1993) – seismologist. In 1936 she published her breakthrough theory that the earth’s core was not liquid, but solid.  Many scientists refused to credit her with the discovery because they refused to accept a woman could produce such scientific research. 
  • Bodil Begtrup (1903-1987)  – 1st female ambassador for Denmark. During  her time at the UN, she worked tirelessly to create the Declaration of Human Rights. 
  • Lis Hartel (1921-2009) – athlete, equestrian. Hartel contracted polio at 23 and had lifelong mobility issues as a result. She went on to become one of the elite athletes in equestrian world. Won 2 silver medals, 1952 Helsinki Olympics & 1956 Stockholm Olympics. Member of the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Inger Christensen (1935-2009 ) – author, poet. Her works have been translated in to 30 languages. 
  • Tine Bryld (1939-2011) –  social worker. Hosted a radio show, Across, for 36 years which acted as an outreach for young people to talk about a wide range of subjects that were affecting them. Through her show, Byrld “she guided distraught young people through everything from heartbreak to incest and abortion.”
  • Natasja Saad (1974-2007) – rapper, singer who became hugely influential in the hiphop and dancehall scene. As a minority and woman working in a male dominated field, she “managed to make her mark and not least pave the way for other ethnic minorities in Denmark and in Danish music”
    The 10 women | PostNord

This set was created with the help of the Danish Women’s Society.

Artist: Thit Thyrring
Designer: Ella Clausen

Release date: May 19, 2022

Prestige Booklet – Her Majesty Queen Margrethe

Golden Jubilee Denmark 2022

This set will include 3 souvenir sheets.

Original drawing: Martin Mörck 
Designer: Ella Clausen

Release date: May 19, 2022


Danish Theatre – 300 years

Danish Theatre - 300 years 

4 stamps on souvenir sheet

The images on the sheet are:

  •  Nikolaj Cederholm (Gasolin´),
  • Schmidt Hammer Lassen Arkitects K/S (Vendsyssel Teater),
  • Osvald Helmuth and Olaf Johannesen (both Jeppe of the Hill),
  • Ryan Tomash (dancer Romeo & Juliet), Alexander Bozinoff and Kizzy Matiakis (dancers Camelia-Lady)  

Designer: Ella Clausen
Many photo credits are involved in this image: 

  • Kurt Rodahl Hoppe (Viborg & Aarhus Teater),
  • Adam Mørk (Vendsyssel Teater),
  • Henrik Stenberg (Romeo & Juliet),
  • Bjarne Stæhr (Grønnegårdsteatret/ Jeppe of the Hill) Sven-Erik Olsen (Alfred Jacobsens model-theater),
  • Klaus Vedfeldt (Camelia-Lady),
  • Det Kgl. Bibliotek (Poster The Miser and Osvald Helmuth as Jeppe)

Release date:  September 21, 2022

Endangered Animals

Endangered Animals Endangered Animals Endangered Animals 

Endangered Animals Endangered Animals Endangered Animals

5 stamps, sheet of 10

Designer: Ella Clausen
Artist: Mia Mouridsen  
“I work as a self-employed person biological illustrator in the company Illumia. My goal is to use art for to convey my joy of nature, and hopefully pass on knowledge and value about our exciting Danish nature. I like to store pictures, landscapes and other things inside my paintings, which tell an extra story.”  Mia Mouridsen Mia Mouridsen (

Release date:  September 21, 2022

Year Folder

Denmark 2022 year booklet

It includes back stories to the stamps, and includes both stamps and souvenir sheets.
In Danish and English

Release date: 21 September 2022

Year pack


Pack containing all issues, including souvenir sheets and information on the stamps.

Release date: 21 September 2022

Checkout Denmark’s 2021 stamps.

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