Finland 2011 The Struve Geodetic Arc

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue date: 6th May 2011
  • two self-adhesive values within a miniature sheet
  • Designed by: Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu
  • Printed by: Joh. Enschedé Stamps, Netherlands
  • Print Process: lithography
  • stamp format: freeform shape
  • Perforations: die-cut


The Struve Geodetic Arc (UNESCO World Heritage Site in ten countries)
2LK ~ panoramic view of Finnish lake, from photograph (composite with border)
2LK ~ map of Finland showing the six measurement points of the Struve Arc located within Finland
Border: co-ordinates of the six arc stations, scientists taking observations
Notes: the second design (map) is freeform shaped around the outline of Finland with a detached portion around Åland. This is contained within the first design with is die-cut in a circle. Both designs and border also illustrate triangulation system; the Arc was constructed by F G W Struve, a German astronomer and mathematician, in the 19th century, to measure the circumference and diameter of the earth. A joint issue with several other nations

Miniature sheet[edit]

Miniature sheet with two stamps