Finland's new pasty stamp leaves bitter taste on twitter

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27 January 2016
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Screen-Shot-2016-01-27-at-10.22.06-34259.png Finland's Karelian pasty - a self adhesive 1st class stamp
A Finnish stamp celebrating the Karelian pasty has prompted a passionate response from Fins via social media, with many commenting that the pasties shown on the stamp are not home-made but versions made in factories.

A Finnish stamp celebrating the Karelian pasty has prompted a passionate response from Fins via social media, with many commenting that the pasties shown on the stamp are not home-made but versions made in factories.

Many people posted alternative images of the pasties on twitter with some including links to recipes, using the hashtag #karjalanpiirakka

A spokesperson for the Finnish post office said:

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'The Karelian pasty is a traditional baked product familiar to all Finns, suitable for both everyday life and festive moments. The motif of the stamp designed by Klaus Welp is a tray full of freshly baked, golden brown Karelian pasties. The pasties on the stamps form a continuous pattern in the 10-stamp sheet, resembling water-lily pads or stones in the water.

'The roots of the Karelian pasty are in northern and eastern Karelia, from where the pasty tradition spread throughout Finland after the Second World War. Karelian pasties are a popular snack you can buy at any grocery store, and the baking skills are passed from one generation to the next. The Karelian pasty is covered by the European Union’s food name and product protection.'

The stamp is part of the 2016 Nordic stamp series, the theme of which is Nordic culinary culture.