Monday, April 12, 2010

#200 Finland...Thanks Unknown.

The 0.80c stamp was issued in 1977 celebrating 60th anniv. of Finland's declaration of independence,showing national flag of Finland.

The Finnish declaration of independence was adopted by the Parliament of Finland on 6 December 1917. It declared Finland an independent and sovereign nation-state rather than an autonomous Russian Grand Duchy.

The February Revolution of 1917, and even more so the October Revolution, had ignited hopes also in the Grand Duchy of Finland. After abdication of Grand Duke Nicholas II on 15 March 1917, the personal union between Russia and Finland lost its legal base – at least according to the view in Helsinki.

On 5 November, the Parliament had consequently declared itself to be "the possessor of supreme State power" in Finland, based on Finland's Constitution, and more precisely on the old Instrument of Government of 1772, which had been enacted by the Estates after Gustav III's bloodless coup.

On 6 December the Parliament adopted the Declaration. That day is the national holiday Finland Independence Day.

On 18 December the Soviet government issued a Decree, recognizing Finland's independence, and on December 22 it was approved by the highest Soviet executive body - VTsIK.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania also declared their independence from Russia during the same period.

The semi-postal stamp in the middle was issued in 1977 sponsoring World Ski Championship held in Lahti,Finland,1978.

The 3m stamp on the right was from 1998 Finnish Design issue showing Carelia cutlery set,by Bertel Gardberg,who is one of the major forces in Finnish design, and was inspired by the Finnish archipelago. Carelia cutlery range is as modern and pleasing today as it was at the beginning of the 1960s, when it was first introduced. Carelia is the largest cutlery range that Hackman produces.

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