A unique multimedia postage stamp on Nuuksio National Park

13 February 2014 | Article

As fine way of mainstreaming biodiversity, a postage stamp series on national parks portrays Finland’s special natural features – fells, forests, mires, lakes and marine areas. Issued in 2013, the fourth stamp in the series of five depicts Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksio National Park was established in the north-western corner of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in 1994. Nuuksio boasts rugged forests dotted with lakes, ponds and rocks. The national park is a popular day trip destination for people in the Metropolitan Area, with nearly 270,000 visitors in 2013. The popularity has sky rocketed since the new Finnish Nature Centre Haltia was opened in Nuuksio in 2013.

Safeguarders of the biological diversity, the parks also are a source of good spirits and health for well over 2 million people every year in a country with 5.5 million inhabitants. The visitors are a good source of income to the local economy. 

The series of stamps on Finnish national parks was started in 2009 with the postage stamp of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Torronsuo National Park stamp was issued in 2010 and the stamp on the new Bothnian Sea National Park in 2012. The stamp of Nuuksio National Park, designed by artist Teemu Ollikainen, who also took the picture of the mosaic landscape of Nuuksio from an airplane, was issued in May 2013. The fifth and last stamp of the series will represent Linnansaari National Park, the home of the endangered endemic Saimaa Ringed Seal, and will be issued in May 2014.

The most spectacular and nationally most significant landscapes have inspired postage stamp designers already for decades. The postage stamp series on national parks showcases Finland’s special natural features during different seasons. See how many stamps have been published in protected areas in Finland since 1947 here. Not all of the areas were protected at the time, but their scenic value was recognised.

Upload the App to Open the Invisible Chameleon Code

The Nuuksio National Park postage stamp is the first Finnish stamp with invisible multimedia extension. Users of iPhone and Android phones or tablets can upload the free Chameleon eXplorer app from AppStore and Google Play (earlier known as Android Market). The app user only needs to place the phone or tablet at a 90-degree angle of the picture. A spectacular one-minute video on Finnish nature will open automatically with no need to use the camera.

Buy the stamp online here.