Finland will issue 22 stamp sets consisting of 73 different stamps in 2012. Next year\’s versatile stamps have been designed by talented designers, of whom as many as 13 are first time stamp designers.On 23 January, a stamp booklet related to the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program will be published. The pictures for the booklet were selected from entries to an open online design competition organized last spring. The judges and the public chose eight works from among 1,422 entries. These will be published in the Future City stamp booklet. Design agency Kokoro & Moi turned the awarded works into stamps.
Year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946). In honour of the anniversary, a booklet of four self-adhesive stamps depicting her works will be released. The booklet designed by Teresa Moorhouse includes the School Girl II, Green Apples and Champagne Glass, Self Portrait, Black Background and Silk Shoes paintings.
The stamp designed for Easter greetings and that will be published on 5 March has a funny cartoon-like design. It will be published as a booklet of 10 self-adhesive stamps entitled Happy Easter! The stamp designed by Illustrator Janne Harju depicts a chick and a bunny painting on an Easter egg.
Spring flowers will be shown in a retro-styled six-stamp miniature booklet that depicts liverwort, spring pea, least gagea, lung-wort, marsh marigold and spring corydalis. The Spring Blossoms miniature booklet was designed by Klaus Welp, and he also took the photographs for it.On 21 March a self-adhesive stamp booklet will be published as an addition to the Nordic Maritime 2012 series. The theme of 2012 is Life at Sea. Stamps with a similar theme will be published at the same time in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, and on the Aland Islands, Faroe Islands and Greenland. The motifs of the Finnish stamps include the Finnish Border Guard\’s patrol vessel Merikarhu and the Finnish Lifeboat Institution\’s rescue cruiser Jenny Wihuri.
A stamp in honour of the Ice Hockey World Cup that will be held in Helsinki and Stockholm in May 2012 will also be issued in March.Summer of 2012 will be a real summer of sports – the first European Athletics Championships will be held in Helsinki, and after that the Summer Olympics will take place in London. To commemorate this, Itella Posti Oy will issue a sports-related stamp.