Itella Posti Oy will release a stamp to mark the 65th birthday of Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland, on August 23. The stamp was designed by Tapio Vapaasalo, professor emeritus at Aalto University.
According to Professor Vapaasalo, the aim was to design a stamp that emphasizes the value leadership of the President. "The selected style reflects Sauli Niinistö's personality and position in an identifiable way. The goal was to avoid pageantry and to emphasise his republican state of mind."
As an exception to previous presidential stamps, Niinistö's birthday stamp is based on a photo instead of a traditional portrait painting. The stylish black-and-white photo by Pertti Nisonen presents the president in profile, which, according to Vapaasalo, gives an impression of being above everyday things.
The inclusion of the President's slogan Kaikki työ on arvokasta - Allt arbete är värdefullt (‘All work is valuable') on the sheet of stamps.
Heads of state are a traditional and popular subject for stamps all over the world. Stamps have been issued for every president of Finland.
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