• FINLAND 1900s – 1980s loose stamps in glassines. (approx 1000 stamps)


  • FINLAND MILITARY FIELD POST 1983 (22 Apr) cover bearing Military Frank 1983 (-) bluish violet overprinted stamp (SG M1046, Michel 9) tied by “Helsinki 100 Lai Keskus / 22. 4. 83” cds cancel, plus “Kenttapostikonttori” field post office cds on reverse. Very fine & fresh condition, scarce.


  • FINLAND MILITARY FIELD POST 1963 (1 Oct) cover bearing Military Frank 1963 (-) bluish violet stamp (SG M688, Michel 8) tied by “Turku 16 / Abo 16 / 1. 10. 63” cds cancel, plus “Kenttapostikonttori” field post office cds on reverse. Some bends clear of the stamp, scarce.


  • FINLAND 1866 40 Penni rose, SG 42 (Mi 9C), fine used.


  • FINLAND 1866 8 Penni black on green, SG 45 (Mi 6B), fine used.


  • FINLAND 1858 5k blue on bluish paper, SG 11 (Mi 3B), very fine used.


  • FINLAND 1860-65 10 k deep rose, SG 14 (Mi 4A), fine used.


  • FINLAND 1889 10 M brown & rose SG 122 (Mi 34A), very fine used.


We sell Finland stamps, collections, complete sets, errors and varieties

Finland Stamps – A Republic between Sweden and Russia, which had been under the control of one or other of its more powerful neighbours until the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917. Stamps of the country are inscribed ‘Suomi’ meaning ‘The land of fens and lakes’. Postal service in Finland was introduced two years after the Swedish service, in 1638. Eventually, the Finnish postal service was extended to all the ports around the Gulf of Bothnia.

After the formation of the Grand Duchy under Russia, foreign mail to and from Finland was routed through St. Petersburg. In 1812 Finland’s postal service was reorganized on Russian lines and the first hand-struck postal markings were introduced. Stamped stationery was issued by Finland in 1845 and showed the coat-of-arms of the duchy on the back flap. The first Finland stamps were issued on 3rd March 1856. The currency was Russian but they pre-dated the first Russian stamps by two years. These imperforate stamps were the same designs as those impressed on the 1850–58 postal stationery envelopes and care should be taken not to confuse them with cut-out examples from these envelopes. The first major design change came with the famous 1860–67 “Serpentine Roulette” stamps, so-named due to their uniquely large perforation teeth created by cutting, rather than punching the paper.

During World War I Finland supported Russia until the Bolshevik Revolution. On 20th July 1917, Finland declared its independence from Russia. The first Finland stamps for the independent country appeared on 1st October 1917. Finnish Communists or ‘Red Guards’ seized Helsinki on 23rd January 1918 and a civil war broke out. The Communists were defeated following German intervention in April. Finnish independence was finally gained on 14th October 1920. After WW2 Finland has remained an independent republic and continues to print beautiful stamps. We recommend the excellent stamp listings in the Stanley Gibbons Part 11 “Scandinavia” catalogue and the FACIT “Frimarkskatalog Special” which is specialised and bilingual, including English.

Finland Stamps