Posti’s new stamp commemorates the memory of the late President Mauno Koivisto who passed away in May and was laid to rest in a state funeral on May 25.
The new postmark recalls Koivisto’s role as Finnish President for twelve years with blue and white hues reminiscent of the Finnish flag. The flag features Koivisto’s image as well as the Order of the White Rose of Finland, and the years of Koivisto’s birth and death.
Posti has printed one million of the stamps, which were designed by Timo Berry.
Koivisto died on May 12 at the age of 93 and served as Finnish President from 1982 to 1994.
The last time Finland issued a commemorative stamp was in 1986 in honour of former President Urho Kekkonen. Other Finns memorialised on stamps include sprinter Paavo Nurmi and composer Jean Sibelius as well as Presidents P.E. Svinhufvud and Kyösti Kallio.