This year’s stamp booklet from Åland Post appears on 3 September. It presents the dog species Finnish Hound, Grey Norwegian Elkhound and Wire-haired Dachshund, three species commonly used by hunters in Åland. Hunting is a popular leisure-time activity in Åland.
Bred in Finland since the end of the 1800s for hunting fox and hare, the Finnish Hound is a distinct hunting dog which is still most common in Finland. It is a dog that pursues the quarry with passionate barking.
The Grey Norwegian Elkhound’s object in the hunt is to hold the elk at bay – jumping in and out toward the elk, distracting its attention while signalling to the hunters by barking very loudly – until the hunter can arrive to shoot it. This type of dog is mainly used for hunting elk.
The Wire-haired Dachshund is a versatile hunting dog used to scent, chase and flush out small game and roe deer. This species of dog is also often used when searching wounded game.
The number of hunters in Åland is one of the highest in Europe with some 12 % of the Åland population obtaining a hunting licence every year. The most common type of game is roe deer, but also elk, hare, deer, European pine marten and fox may be hunted all year round or during parts of the year.
The stamp booklet is complemented by three maximum cards with a special cancel showing a dog track. Åland maximum cards also serve as postal stationery and the postage paid symbols on the address side of the cards show tracks of elk, roe deer and hare.
Date of issue: 3 September 2015
Artist: Bo Lundwall
Edition: 85 000
Denomination: 9 x Inrikes (€10.80)
Maximum cards: €6.30/set of 3 cards
Stamp size: 36.5 x 32 mm
Booklet size: 107 x 117 mm
Paper: 98 g/m2
Perforation: 13 per 2 cm
Printing method: 4-colour offset
Printing house: PostNord
To order, please go to Åland Post Stamps web shop at www.posten.ax/webshop/en