New Stamps from Iceland

The Icelandic Federation of Labour Unions 100th Anniversary

iceland labour union stampThe Icelandic Federation of Labour Unions (ASÍ) is the general organization of wage earners, founded in 1916 in order to facilitate workers’ struggle for better wage terms. The Union has had a major impact, not only regarding its own rights and terms of employment, but on society as a whole. On March 12, 1916, ASÍ held its inaugural meeting in Reykjavik, attended by twenty representatives from seven labour unions.Gender equality was one of the main objectives of ASÍ‘s activities. The struggle for a shorter workday ended in 1972 with a 40-hour week finally being legislated. ASÍ now has nearly 106,000 members, belonging to five national organizations and 50 member unions throughout the country.

Issue Date: 18.02.2016 Designer: Tryggvi T. Tryggvason Printer: Cartor Security Printing Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42 x 29,47 mm

The Icelandic Literary Society 200th Anniversary

The Icelandic Literary Society, Iceland’s oldest publishing company, was founded in 1816iceland literary society stamp and has been active ever since. It took over the role of the Icelandic Scholars’ Society which was founded in 1779 but had lapsed into inactivity when the Literary Society was founded. These societies were formally merged in 1818. The Society‘s founding constituted a turning point as regards Icelanders’ attitude towards their own language and literature. The Society‘s main objective was restoring the independence of Icelandic culture and education with Icelanders themselves in the lead. The Society assumed a major role in preparing the ground for Icelandic independence.

Issue Date: 18.02.2016 Designer: Hlynur Ólafsson Printer: Cartor Security Printing Process: Offset Noir + PMS Metalic Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35 x 25 mm

The Town of Ísafjörður 150th Anniversary

iceland town stampAccording to the Book of Settlements there were two settlers in Skutulsfjörður, Helgi Hrólfsson and Þórólfur brækir. Helgi was probably the first to arrive, giving the fjord its name and building a farm. Its exact location is not known but Eyri, a tongue of land in Skutulsfjörður, is thought to have been the settlement site. Up until 1765 the only inhabitants in this area were the household of Eyri. When trade monopoly was abolished in 1788 the population started to increase and the town got its municipal rights. Norwegian and Danish merchants built shopping centres in town. In 1816, Skutulsfjarðareyri lost its township rights but regained them in 1866 and was then given the name of Ísafjörður. In the last decades of the 19th century it was among the largest towns in the country, its proximity to rich fishing grounds ensuring sufficient employment. Ísafjörður was the home of Iceland’s first motorized boat and first shrimp fishing enterprises. The year 1996 saw the unification of six municipalities in northern Westfjords: Þingeyri, Mýrahreppur, Mosvallahreppur, Flateyri, Suðureyri and Ísafjörður. The new municipality thus created was named the Town of Ísafjörður.

Issue Date: 18.02.2016 Designer: Elsa Nielsen Printer: Cartor Security Printing Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 36,5 x 23,4 mm

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