Commemorating President Mauno Koivisto. One special stamp introduced by Finland Post

June 10th, 2017 is happy to inform our readers that Posti honors the memory of President Mauno Koivisto by publishing a mourning stamp on June 9, 2017. The blue-shaded stamp features President Koivisto and the Grand Cross, with Collar, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

The stamp also has Koivisto’s signature and his years of birth and death.

President Mauno Koivisto died at the age of 93 in Helsinki on May 12. He was born in Turku on November 25, 1923. He was the President of the Republic of Finland for 12 years from 1982 until 1994. He has also appeared on stamps in 1983 and 1993.

Koivisto led his country through the collapse of the neighboring Soviet Union and the ensuing recession at home, and oversaw Finland’s application for membership of the European Union in 1992. Finland joined the EU in 1995. During his term, Koivisto also strengthened the role of the parliament after his predecessor, Urho Kekkonen, had ruled the country for 26 years, partly in an autocratic style.

He served the country as prime minister, finance minister and central bank governor before becoming president.

A mourning stamp was last published in Finland in memory of President Urho Kekkonen in 1986. Mourning stamps have also been published in memory of runner Paavo Nurmi, composer Jean Sibelius and Presidents P.E. Svinhufvud and Kyösti Kallio.