Faroe Islands Stamps: The History of Volleyball


21 January 2020
Two Faroe Islands stamps celebrate the relatively recent history of volleyball on the islands.

In 1895, William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created a new game called “Mintonette”, known later as volleyball.

Volleyball in the Faroes

Volleyball is not an old sport in the Faroe Islands. Martin Holm was a teacher at the Faroe Islands Teachers’ College and a true pioneer in Faroese sports. He once brought a strange ball and a net to one of his sport classes. This happened in the Fifties and at that time, no one had ever heard about volleyball in the Faroes.

Flogbóltssamband Føroya (Faroe Islands Volleyball Association) was founded in 1980. Until then it had been a division of the Faroe Islands Sports Federation. Since then the development has been rapid and volleyball is now being played all over the Faroe Islands, having become a game of choice by girls and women. Country tournaments as well as trophy tournaments are held for all ages.

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Volleyball stamps

The two stamps drawn by Suffia Nón show two different situations in volleyball. One shows a libero throwing himself after a ball. A libero plays in receiving and defense at the back of the field. Libero always plays with a different colour on the blouse than his team players.

On the second stamp, a player hangs in the air ready to smash. The body is like a tense feather, to put so much force into the smash as possible.

Stamp Details

  • Two stamps
  • Date of issue: 24 February 2020
  • Design: Suffía Nón
  • Values: 12,00 and 17,00 DKK
  • Printer: Cartor Security printing, France
  • Numbers: FO 924-925

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