Saturday, June 12, 2010

#326 Åland

The upper Varlden (World) stamp is 2009 My Åland series featuring Martti Ahtisaari,who is the former president of Finland and 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner. The stamp shows the little red cabin by the water where Martti spent his honeymoon in 1968.

The Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on several continents, to resolve international conflicts. These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to "fraternity between nations" in Alfred Nobel's spirit. As a peacemaker, Martti Ahtisaari has on several occasions emphasized the Àland example as a solution to serious and long-iasting conflicts. In 2000, Ahtisaari founded the organisation Crisis Management Initiative, an independent, non-profit organisation that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable security in the world.

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