Issue Dates: 1875-2003
Scott Catalogue Value: $835.80
Mystic Price: $545.00
You Save: $290.80
Nearly complete Finland definitive and commemorative stamp collection contains 1,148 issues with about 50 Scott album pages. Nice blend of mint and postally used stamps with many complete sets. Album pages are mostly complete with only a few gaps. Also features some Airmail and Semi-postal stamps.
About 2,000 years ago, people from Russia and Estonia migrated to the area we now call Finland, and took the area from the native Lapps. Finland remained part of the Russian empire until the Revolution of 1917, when the Finns declared their independence from Russia. After World War II, when Finland had to fight the Soviet Union for its independence, both countries signed a peace treaty which declared Finland a neutral country.
Finland is a land of rivers, lakes, and forests bordered by Sweden, Norway, and Russia. Its capital, at the southern tip, is Helsinki. Finland is about the size of New Mexico and has approximately 65,000 lakes. More than 70% of Finland is forest, and 10% is water. The country is located at about the same latitude as Siberia. Finland's geography and location has a definite effect on the lifestyle of its people.
Though somewhat tempered by the Gulf Stream, Finland's climate is characterized by short, cool summers and long, cold, snowy winters. Sports are the most popular leisure activities and weekends are generally spent outdoors skiing or skating, playing soccer or ice hockey. When not out on the playing fields or mountainsides, the Finns may be found reading a good book. They enjoy a virtual 100% literacy rate – everyone is well-educated and well-read.
The people of Finland place a great emphasis on social and economic well-being and pay about 45% of their income in taxes. Often, both parents must work full time to support the family as housing is expensive. Most families live in modern apartment complexes and enjoy all the modern conveniences.