||Michel: Scott: Stanley Gibbons: Yvert: UPU: Category: pR
||Kjell Soderlund, Andy Horner
|Stamps in set
EUROPA rate - Hamnö, Kökar
EUROPA rate - Hammarudda, Jomala island
|Size (width x height)
||Sheet of 30 stamps
||The Lowe Martin Group
On September 289th, 2011 Post Authority of Aland - Aland Posten -
issued a set of 2 stamps, shows some local landscapes.
, well known fossil-found place of Aland, can be seen on one of these
Landscape of Jomala island on scenery stamp of Aland 2011,
MiNr.: 351, Scott: 323
Trilobites and Gastropods from the Ordovician period on stamps of Aland 1996,
MiNr.: 117-118, Scott: 85, 106
On the Aland islands between Sweden and Finland in the Baltic sea, you can find
fossils from the Ordovician period.
This is a only place in Finland where you can find fossils.
This fossils can be seen in University Museum in Helsinki.
East of the main island there is a 9 kilometre diameter crater (Lumparn).
This crater was formed by a meteor or comet impact 1200 to 500 milion years ago.
It is possible to go to the Finnish Aland Islands
by ferry from the Swedish or the Finnish mainland.
The best spot to collect fossils is Yttern's on the Jomala island.
The finds consist of trilobites and gastropods
from the Ordovician period.
Some of these fossils were depicted on stamp of Aland 1996
(see on the right).
Some farmers allow to tourist to collect fossils on their fields at Ordovician limestone blocks.
Many farmers, however, don't like collectors and soon it will be also illegal export fossils from Finland.
The Aland Islands form an archipelago in the Baltic Sea.
They are situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia and form an autonomous, demilitarised,
monolingual Swedish-speaking region of Finland.
The Fossil Forum