New Stamps from Sweden

Bridges

The five bridges selected as the stamp motifs repre- sent several different eras, building techniques and architectural designs.

sweden bridges fdcTallberg bridges:The Tallberg bridges are three bridges along the Main Northern Line in Västerbotten that were built during different eras using different techniques. The first bridge is an iron truss bridge from 1888, the second a concrete arch bridge from 1919 and the third a composite girder bridge from 1994 built with both concrete and steel.

sweden bridges stampsSölvesborgsbron:Europe’s longest walking and cycling bridge (760 m) that was finished in 2012. Named one of the world’s ten most interesting bridges by Design- boom design magazine. A large portion of the superstructure is made from a new, rust-free material.

Tullbron:A stone arch bridge in Falkenberg, built 1756–1761 in the spirit of the Roman arch bridges. The bridge spans the Ätran river and was named a historical monument in 1984.

Uddevallabron:Opened in 2000. It is a cable-stayed bridge, a technique utilized for long spans. This technique is the preferred method for bridges that stretch across fairways, where the goal is to have as few supports as possible that could obstruct boat traffic. The bridge is 1,712 m long and has two pylons, both of which are 149 m tall.

Lejonströmsbron:The bridge spanning Skellefte River is the country’s oldest wooden bridge, and the original was completed in 1737. It is a truss bridge and the load is supported by underlying diagonal bracing. The piles were originally wood, but they were replaced with more stable stone foundations in 1862. Became a historical monument in 1994.

Issue Date: 17.03.2016 Designer: Bertil Skov Jørgensen Illustrator: Ulf Grenholm, Olof Thiel, Thomas Andersson Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 125.0 x 157.5 mm (minisheet), 41.7 x 315 mm (stamp)

Food in Sweden

sweden food stampsIt is possible to view the food depicted on the stamps in two ways – in part as our choice of what we want to eat and in part as an indication of how we pick up food cultures from others. Food culture is constantly evolving and a driving force behind this change is the cultural elite’s behavior and habits.

Pizza was not first introduced in Skärholmen, but rather in Östermalm, and it did not come from Italy but from the French Riviera and New York as early as in the 1950s. One person behind its rise in popularity was top chef Bengt Wedholm. Pizza had its breakthrough around 1968, the year of the student revolts. With its informal and youthful emphasis, pizza was the perfect meal for the era.

Issue Date: 17.03.2016 Designer: Gustav Mårtensson, Carina Länk, Veronica Ballart Lilja
Illustrator: Photos from Getty Images and Foodcollection/TT Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 36.6 x 26.5 mm

Royal Anniversaries

sweden royal anniversary stampsTwo royal anniversaries will be celebrated this year. King Carl Gustaf turns 70 on April 30 and June 19 marks 40 years since Queen Silvia became the Queen of Sweden. The Royal Anniversaries minisheet also celebrates the order of succession with the King, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle, who recently turned four.

Carl XVI Gustaf was born on April 30, 1946 at Haga Palace. He was the fifth child and only son to Hereditary Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sibylla. He was given the titles Hereditary Prince of Sweden and Duke of Jämtland and named Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus.

When Gustaf Adolf died in an airplane crash in 1947, Carl Gustaf advanced one step in the order of succession. When his great-grandfa- ther Gustaf V died in 1950, Carl Gustaf became the heir apparent.

As the Crown Prince, Carl Gustaf participated in an extensive program after graduating from high school to learn about Swedish manage- ment and business and become better-versed in international relationships. For example, he participated in the Swedish UN delegation.

In the summer of 1972, Crown Prince Carl Gustaf attended the Olympic Games in München. There he met Silvia Sommerlath, an educational hostess, who eventually became his wife and Queen of Sweden.

On September 15, 1973, Gustaf VI Adolf passed away and Carl Gustaf succeeded him under the name Carl XVI Gustaf. Since 1818, the Bernadotte line has been the reigning dynasty in Sweden, and Carl XVI Gustaf is the seventh Bernadotte monarch in succession.

Carl XVI Gustaf married Silvia Sommerlath on June 19, 1976, and this year Swedes are celebrating Silvia’s 40th year as Queen.

Traditions, continuity and succession are central aspects of the monarchy. In 2013, the 40th anniversary of Carl XVI Gustaf’s accession to the throne was celebrated. PostNord issued a stamp on the theme of the order of succes- sion that depicted the King, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle. This theme is now being depicted on a stamp once again, and we have another opportunity to see these three royals together.

Issue Date: 17.03.2016 Designer: Daniel Bjugård Illustrator: Photos by Anna-Lena Ahlström Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 157.5 x 65.1 mm (minisheet), 31 x 53 mm, 70 x 49 mm (stamps)

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