This view of Helsinki was painted by Albert Edelfelt in 1894. Edelfelt (1854 – 1905) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish painter who from time to time turned to scenes from Finnish history in his painting. Edelfelt was one of the first Finnish artists to achieve international fame. He enjoyed considerable success in Paris and was one of the founders of the Realist art movement in Finland.
This stamp is one of a series of five (see below) issued by Finland in 2011. The stamps show personal letterboxes – a feature of the Finnish landscape.
Total so far – 268,797 miles; 22 countries (including 8 US States).
Countries from which I have received cards as at 1st June 2012 are shown in green on this – map