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02 September 2020

International Literacy Day

Finland: International Literacy Day, 2 September 2020. Images from Posti Finland.


Technical Specifications:

Issued on: 2020-09-02
Colors: Multicolor
Format: Mini Sheet
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut
Printing: Offset lithography
Gum: Self-Adhesive
Face value: 4 x Domestic (€1.75 per stamp on day of issue)
Stamp design: Ilkka Kärkkäinen.

Tatu and Patu to go on an adventure on stamps this fall

The fall’s stamp season will begin next week as, on Wednesday, September 2, Posti will release four new stamp publications with a total of 13 different stamps. The stamps feature Tatu and Patu, graphic art that has won Posti’s art award and a painting of a little dreamer. In addition, September’s stamps celebrate the UN’s International Literacy Day.

Literacy develops thinking skills and empathy

Literacy is a human right that enables an individual’s development, education and utilization of their full potential. Literacy promotes understanding, tolerance and equality and develops critical thinking skills. This year, the UN’s International Literacy Day in early September is celebrated with stamps featuring a drawing-like design by Ilkka Kärkkäinen that presents four different figures.

Kärkkäinen summarizes the message of the stamps in one sentence: You are what you read. “I wanted to create people who have different styles and looks. The figures were created using letters, the foundation of literacy. In the stamps, you can see a gentleman wearing a monocle, a moody young person, a cool baby and a charming lady, for example. However, everyone will surely see the figures on the stamps in their own way, which is in fact the purpose.”

The Literacy and Reading miniature sheet contains four different domestic no-value indicator stamps.

Please noteDue to restrictions related to the coronavirus situation, Posti will not organize a first-day event for the stamps published in September.

Miniature Sheet of 4 Stamps:

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