New Stamps from Estonia

Centenary of Oil Shale Mining

estonia mining stampIndustrial mining of oil shale began on 15 June 1916 on the Estonian territory. Two years later the Republic of Estonia took its mining under its administration. As a result oil shale mining has been of state importance for already a whole century. The long history points out that oil shale industry has been in changing circumstances for a whole century. Today we process the countries’ most important mineral resource into energy effectively and in an environment friendly way than ever before and the long term experience of has given to the Estonians the knowledge which has been appreciated in oil shale countries all over the world. In the oil shale industry whole dynasties of Estonians have been working in the oil shale industry and even now there are oil shale miners who have kept the trade for several generations.

Issue Date: 15.06.2016 Designer: Indrek Ilves Printer: Cartor Security Printing Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 90 x 93 mm Values: €2.95

Olympic Games – Rio 2016

The XXXI summer Olympic Games will take place from August 5 to August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be the first time for a city of the South American continent toestonia rio 2016 stamp receive the summer Olympic Games. There will be 10,500 sportsmen from 206 countries taking part in the games and 306 sets of olympic medals will be handed out. In all there will be competitions in 28 sports and on 38 sport arenas and 306 sets of olympic medals will be handed out. Over a longer period of time golf and rugby will be once again in the Olympic program. The first Estonian to win an Olympic medal was the wrestler Martin Klein in 1912 in Stockholm; he then represented tsarist Russia. The weightlifter Alfred Neuland was crowned as the first sportsman of the Republic of Estonia at the 1920 games in Antwerpen. In all Estonian sportsmen have brought back home a total of 21 gold medals, 21 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from Summer Olympic Games. The most entitled Estonian sportsman at Rio 2016 is the many time title competitions medallist, discus throw Olympic winner and World title holder, Gerd Kanter. The Estonian team is made special by the meeting of the Olympic requirements of the women’s marathon team of the three sisters, Lily, Liina and Leila. They will be the first triplets to race at the Olympic Games. Besides Estonia will be represented in Rio in fencing and men’s rowing.

Issue Date: 09.06.2016 Designer: Indrek Ilves Printer: AS Vaba Maa Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 29,1 x 40,8 mm Values: 1.50

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