Legendary Goddess of the Moon wins silver in European stamp competition


The Goddess of the Moon stamp designed by Emmi-Riikka Vartiainen has won silver in the PostEurop competition, which awards the most beautiful European stamps. This year’s theme was Stories & Myths, and 47 stamps from Europe participated.

The Goddess of the Moon stamp designed by Emmi-Riikka was issued on April 27.

“I’m glad that my Goddess of the Moon illustration has touched so many people. We are fascinated by the same stories and mysteries in Europe, so I feel that we are one,” says Emmi-Riikka Vartiainen.

Finland has been successful in the EUROPA stamp competition every year. Previously, the competition has awarded the favourites of the panel of judges and the general public separately, but this year the rules were changed, and the winner was selected based on the combined votes of three voting panels. The panel consisted of experts, the public and representatives of postal operators.

Finland’s postal operator votes were given by Tommi Kantola, Design Manager at Posti, who is responsible for the selection of the artists and for providing guidance on the artistic work for the stamps.

“I always try to find the best possible designer for each stamp. There are so many talented artists to choose from in Finland. I have been fortunate in my choices as, year after year, Finnish stamps have ended up on the podium of the EUROPA stamp competition,” says Kantola.

This year’s first place went to Luxembourg and Liechtenstein came third.

Finland’s placing in the EUROPA stamp competition:

Goddess of the Moon stamp: https://digilibrary.emmi.fi/l/gDMWMkstWPJW