Monday, December 26, 2011

Maritime Åland

The stamp on the FDC is one of the first lot of postage stamps issued by Åland after she started printing her own stamps in 1984. The only special aspect of Åland stamps in the province's first year of stamps is an accent on Maritime affairs. The image on this stamp depicts the western harbour in Mariehamn. We can also see the museum ship Pommern and modern car ferries. Åland's fleet comprises some 60 vessels, with a tonnage well over a million tones. Of Åland's gross regional product shipping accounts for about 40% and ships provide about 3,000 jobs. Pia gave me this nice FDC.

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