Christmas Stamps 2022: Finland

Posti Finland issued two “Winter Light” and three Christmas stamps for 2022 on November 9. According to the press release:

This year’s Christmas stamps are designed by Nina Kuu from Kirkkonummi. She is a versatile 35-year-old illustrator whose work is characterized by colors and a playful spirit. The artist, known for her large-scale murals, found it challenging to fit the illustrations on a postage stamp.

This year’s Christmas and winter stamps will be issued on Wednesday, November 9.

“I have never produced an illustration so small in size yet so significant. My style is full of details and very rich, which means I had to constantly simplify the illustrations. On the third draft round, I started to get to the gist,” she says.

Nina Kuu photograph by Tiina Rantakoski

Nina Kuu has done many illustrations, but also large-scale murals. She is a member of the Mimmit peinttaa collective, in which she paints murals and teaches street art in workshops.

Nina spent the entire spring working on the Christmas stamps. The requested theme for the stamps was gingerbread, and the idea started to shape from an earlier illustration. The gingerbread men, previously seen in a fabric print, started to lead a life of their own and are now seen going on adventures on the stamps.

“In the no-value indicator stamp for Christmas greetings, a gingerbread man is waving from a window sill to happy bakers. On the domestic no-value indicator stamp, the gingerbread men are seen going off to ice skate in a landscape that includes a gingerbread house and Christmas trees. Fireworks exploding in the sky was chosen as the subject of the international no-value indicator stamp,” explains Nina.

A feel-good Instagram find

The stamps have attracted many positive comments on, for example, Nina’s Instagram account. The Instagram account plays a pivotal role in how she designed this year’s Christmas stamps.

“This year, we wanted the Christmas stamps to have a cheery atmosphere. I found Nina Kuu on Instagram. Her happy illustration style is a great match with Christmas,” says Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti. He is responsible for the selection of the artists and for providing guidance on the artistic work for the stamps.

Nina Kuu, photograph by Tiina Rantakoski

When Posti first contacted Nina a year ago, she mistook it for a scam.

“I was so baffled when I got the call that I almost didn’t believe it was true. Designing the stamps was absolutely amazing, and I’m so happy that my cooperation with Posti will continue with other illustrations.”

The artist works with a drawing tablet but often colors her work with watercolors.

“I have always done digital work, but I want the artisanship to show in them. I like to color designs with watercolors to add a genuine feel to them,” she says.

A bit of fun to cheer up daily life

Nina Kuu lives by a lake in Upinniemi in Kirkkonummi. Large forests are only a stone’s throw away, and nature has become an important place of relaxation for her. “The environment is so beautiful. I often go running to air my brain. I get many ideas from nature.”

Ideas can also be inspired by books, movies or discussions with her six-year-old daughter. “With my daughter, we throw ideas around and come up with imaginary tales. She is a fountain of ideas.”

With her work, Nina Kuu wants to add joy and fun to the lives of others. “I hope the Christmas stamps also add a bit of fun to cheer up your daily life.”

Christmas is an important time in her family.

“For me, Christmas is the most important celebration of the year, when spending time together is key. My siblings and I usually gather in Vaasa at our parents’ home with our families. Our Christmas traditions have remained the same over the years. The greatest thing to see and empathize is the joy of children and the excitement on Christmas Eve when Santa Claus arrives and gifts are given.”

Christmas and winter stamps will be issued on November 9

Christmas and winter stamps will be issued on Wednesday, November 9. On that day, Posti will release four new stamp publications with a total of five different postage stamps. The winter stamps are designed by Jukka Risikko from Lapua, and they feature picturesque nature photographs from Alajoki in Lapua and Malkakoski in Seinäjoki.

The first day event for the November stamps will be organized on Wednesday, November 9 at the Helsinki Main Post Office (Elielinaukio 2 F, 00100 Helsinki) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. New stamps, first day covers and other stamp products will be sold at the event, and visitors can get first day postmarks on their items. The stamp artists will be present to sign their works from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Winter Light

Winter greetings are a perfect match for stamps that feature picturesque nature photography by Jukka Risikko. One of the stamps depicts frosty flowers at dawn in Alajoki, Lapua, and the other one a steaming winter landscape in Malkakoski, Seinäjoki at dusk.

“The overarching theme of the photos is the soft light of cold days glowing from the sun that barely climbs over the horizon, as well as snow and frost. At the time of taking both the photographs, the weather was really cold, approximately –20 degrees Celsius. We don’t see too much sunlight in the winter, but the sun shining just over the horizon on a cold day is magical at best. The colder the weather, the more beautiful the light especially at sunrise and sunset,” Risikko explains.

Winter Light will be issued as a 10-stamp sheet with two different domestic no-value indicator stamps designs.

Date of issue 9.11.2022

Date of Issue:9 November 2022
Designer:Jukka Risikko
Gum:Self-Adhesive
Perforations:Die-Cut
Printing Method:Offset Lithography
Denomination:Domestic rate – €2.10 on day of issue

Let Christmas Come

This year, we wanted the Christmas stamps to have a cheery atmosphere. From Instagram, I found Nina Kuu whose jolly illustration style is a great match with Christmas,” says Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti, who is responsible for the selection of the artists and for providing guidance on the artistic work for the stamps.

In the no-value indicator stamp for Christmas greetings, a gingerbread man is waving to happy bakers from a window sill, says illustrator Nina Kuu who designed the stamps.

Designing stamps was an instructive project for Nina Kuu who has previously done large murals, for example. “I have never made an illustration so small in size yet so significant. My style is full of details and very rich, which meant I had to keep simplifying the illustrations. On the third draft round, I started to find the core of stamp design.”

Nina Kuu confesses to being a Christmas lover. “For me, Christmas is the most important celebration of the year when spending time together is key. My siblings and I usually gather in Vaasa at our parents’ home with our families. Our Christmas traditions have remained the same over the years. The greatest thing to see and empathize is the joy of children and the excitement on Christmas Eve when Santa Claus arrives and gifts are given.”

The no-value indicator stamp for Christmas greetings Let Christmas Come will be issued as a 20-stamp sheet.

Date of issue 9.11.2022

The no-value indicator stamp for Christmas greetings (with a snowflake symbol) is a stamp you can use to mail your Christmas cards in Finland economically and on time (you can also send cards to the Åland Islands). The no-value indicator stamp for Christmas greetings is the right postage for a card or envelope weighing up to 50 g. Mail your cards by December 13. We recommend using the red envelope.

The no-value indicator stamp for Christmas greetings can also be used next year, please note that the last mailing date may change year by year. If you end up with any extra stamps, you can use them as they are also next Christmas.

Date of Issue:9 November 2022
Designer:Nina Kuu
Gum:Self-Adhesive
Perforations:Die-Cut
Printing Method:Offset Lithography
Denomination:For Christmas Cards – face value €1.40 on day of issue

Winter Wonderland

Domestic Christmas stamps depict gingerbread men who have come to life and have gone off to ice skate in a landscape that naturally includes a gingerbread house and Christmas trees, says illustrator Nina Kuu who designed the stamps.

Designing stamps was an instructive project for Nina Kuu who has previously done large murals, for example. “I have never made an illustration so small in size yet so significant. My style is full of details and very rich, which meant I had to keep simplifying the illustrations. On the third draft round, I started to find the core of stamp design.”

Nina Kuu confesses to being a Christmas lover. “For me, Christmas is the most important celebration of the year when spending time together is key. My siblings and I usually gather in Vaasa at our parents’ home with our families. Our Christmas traditions have remained the same over the years. The greatest thing to see and empathize is the joy of children and the excitement on Christmas Eve when Santa Claus arrives and gifts are given.”

The domestic no-value indicator stamp Winter Wonderland will be issued as a 10-stamp sheet.

Date of issue 9.11.2022

With no-value indicator stamps you can mail letters and cards in Finland and it is always valid. You can mail a letter max. 50 gramms with one stamp. For heavier letters you need multiple stamps.

Date of Issue:9 November 2022
Designer:Nina Kuu
Gum:Self-Adhesive
Perforations:Die-Cut
Printing Method:Offset Lithography
Denomination:Domestic Rate – Face value €2.10 on day of issue

Fireworks

Fireworks bursting in the sky were chosen as the subject of the international no-value indicator stamp,” says illustrator Nina Kuu who designed the stamps.

Fireworks will be issued as a 10-stamp sheet

Date of issue 9.11.2022

Date of Issue:9 November 2022
Designer:Nina Kuu
Gum:Self-Adhesive
Perforations:Die-Cut
Printing Method:Offset Lithography
Denomination:International Rate – Face value €2.25 on day of issue

Special Christmas Postmarks

Special postmarks designed for Christmas greetings will be in use in Helsinki and Lahti from Thursday, December 1. You can get this year’s special postmarks for your Christmas greetings from 1 to 16 December.

Mailboxes reserved for special postmark items will be placed near Postitalo’s entrances at Mannerheiminaukio 1 and Elielinaukio 2 in Helsinki. You will recognize the mailboxes by the picture of the Christmas postmark on the mailbox’s information field.

In Lahti, the special postmark box can be found at Vapaudenkatu 6. The stamper is there from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no stamping on Sundays, but you can leave cards to be stamped in the special postmark box even then.

The traditional Christmas postmark, which puts the finishing touch on a true Christmas greeting, has been extremely popular among customers. Helsinki’s special postmark decorates around 300,000 Christmas greetings every year.

Graphic designers Susanna Rumpu and Ari Lakaniemi have designed Helsinki’s Christmas postmark this year. The postmark features decorated gingerbread. The theme of the postmark is a great fit for this year’s Christmas stamps.

This year’s Lahti postmark depicts Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus with the church tower of Congregation’s Church of the Cross in the background. This year’s symbol is a dove taking flight, carrying an olive tree branch in its beak as a messenger of peace.

Nativity postmarks have been published almost every year since 2005. Like the previous years’ nativity postmarks, this year’s postmark, the seventeenth to be published, has been designed by heraldist Tapani Talari.

Tampere also has a Christmas postmark, which was chosen based on a competition. The winner of the competition was a Christmas postmark designed by Helena Yli-Kerttula, the subject of which is the Nokia Areena under a glass dome in the snow.

You can get the Tampere Christmas postmark on Friday 2 December in museum center Vapriikki from 15-18 and from Wednesday to Friday 7-9 December at Tampere’s Christmas market from 11 am to 7 pm.

Tampere’s Christmas postmark was chosen for the seventh time in a competition organized by Postimuseo together with Aamulehti’s Moro.

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