Monday, October 8, 2012

FINLANDIA 95 - 27.1.1994

Pia sent this lovely FDC which celebrated Finlandia-95 (an international stamp exhibition) with the  miniature sheet shown on the cover. This was also the occasion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the International Olympic Committee, and XVII Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994. The stamps and the cover were issued on 27.01.1994. The Designer was Pirkko Juvonen-Valtonen.
The sports men and women on the stamps are:- Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi and Marjo Matikainen.  Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi (née Hämäläinen; born 10 September 1955 in Simpele) was a former Finnish cross country skier.  
Marjo Tuulevi Matikainen-Kallström (born February 3, 1965 in Lohja) was a politician and former Finnish cross-country skier.  
Arnold Clas Robert Thunberg (5 April 1893 – 28 April 1973) was a Finnish speed skater who won five Olympic gold medals  He was born and died in Helsinki.
Veikko Kankkonen  (born 5 January 1940 in Sotkamo) is a Finnish ski jumper who was active in the 1960's. Kankkonen earned two ski jumping medals at the 1964 Winter Olympics with a gold in the individual normal hill and a silver in the individual large hill.  
Veikko Hakulinen (4 January 1925 – 24 October 2003) was a Finnish forestry technician and cross country skier, triple champion in both the olympics and world championship competition in cross country skiing.  Hakulinen was born in Kurkijoki (now part of the Republic of Karelia), Viipuri Province and died in Valkeakoski after a traffic accident.

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