“King of Åland” Julius Sundblom 150 years

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No other individual has played a similarly important role for modern, autonomous Åland as Julius Sundblom (1865-1945), also known as the “King of Åland”. On 22 June, Åland Post commemorates his 150th birthday with the issue of a stamp.

In the early 1900s, the world situation was unstable with ongoing wars and revolutions. The turbulent times made the people in Åland turn to the old mother country Sweden in the west. Subsequently, Julius Sundblom became the leader of the Åland Movement. At the time, he was one of the leading figures in Åland as founder of the only local newspaper and member of the Diet of Finland.

The dream of reuniting Åland with Sweden never came true, however; in 1921, the newly founded League of Nations presented a compromise that Åland become a self-governed, demilitarized province of Finland with international guarantees to protect the Swedish language and culture. Dan Nordman, history teacher and Julius Sundblom specialist, believes that it was at the time of defeat that Sundblom demonstrated his greatness.

“Despite the blow, Sundblom didn’t think of starting a countermovement or try to sabotage the decision. Instead, he went all in to reunite Åland and make the best of the situation; to develop the autonomy as far as possible”.


Date of issue                        22 June 2015
Artist                                   
Juha Pykäläinen
Edition                                 
140 000
Denomination                       
Världen (€1.20)
Price FDC                            
€1.90
Stamp size                          
52 x 23.08 mm
Sheet size                           
2 x 15 stamps
Paper                                  
110 g/m2
Perforation                           
13 per 2 cm
Printing method                    
4-colour offset
Printing house                       Cartor Security Printing

 

To order, please visit Åland Post Stamps web shop at ww.posten.ax/webshop

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