Faroe Islands Stamps: 150 years of postal history


05 January 2021
This year the Faroe Islands will celebrate two postal-related anniversaries with stamps.

The first anniversary is 150 years of the Danish Postal Service’s Postal Act of 7 January 1871, when the Faroe Islands became a part of the Danish postal area for the first time. The second is the 45th anniversary of the Faroe Islands’ takeover of the Faroese branch of the Danish postal administration.

Postal services on the Faroe Islands

On 1 April 1976, Postverk Føroya, later Posta, was established and became responsible for mail deliveries in the Faroe Islands, as well as the issuing of Faroese postage stamps. Posta Faroe Islands celebrate the two anniversaries with a look back at fragments of Faroese postal history on a souvenir sheet containing three stamps.

The sheet’s background features the original text of the Postal Act of 1871, printed in Gothic script. This update of the Danish Postal Act led to the organization of postal affairs in the Faroe Islands for the first time. 

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The three stamps show Faroese postmen at work, the sealskin knapsack used to carry letters, and a quick sketch by master engraver Czesław Słania, depicting a rowing boat and, in the margin, the words: ‘Royal engraver’s CZ. Slania’s suggestions for the location of the inscription. 10.9.75.’

Issue Date: 7 January 2021, en.stamps.fo

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