Russia and Aland released a joint stamp issue this year on the occasion of 150thanniversary of the foundation of Mariehamn – the capital of the Aland Islands. It\’s the smallest of all the Scandinavian capitals, but the third largest port in Finland.The history of Mariehamn (\”Maria\’s Harbour\”) is connected to the Crimean War, which determined the fate of Aland as demilitarized islands. After the war, the local inhabitants turned to Alexander II a petition about the foundation on the main island of a port city, which was suggested to call in honor of the Emperor\’s wife Maria Alexandrovna. Tsar\’s manifesto from February 4, 1859 permitted the foundation of Mariehamn, a diploma signed on Feb. 20, 1861 establishes the status of the city.
The stamp depicts the map of Mariehamn and the portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1857).