Stamp programme 2011

  • January 3rd - Norwegian Confederation of Sports 150th anniversary

    In 1861 a group of Norwegian men founded a Central Society for the Promotion of Physical Exercise and Weapon Use. The initiators included cabinet ministers, MPs, professors, officers and prominent business men and craftsmen who were in reality probably motivated by military and political concerns.

  • January 3rd - Wildlife in Norway VI

    The Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) is related to both sheep and cattle. Its muzzle, hooves and short tail resemble those of a sheep, while its size and the four teats of the female are comparable to a cow.

  • February 23rd - Nordic World Ski Championships Oslo 2011

    The Nordic World Ski Championships will be held in Oslo on 24 February - 6 March 2011. Twenty-one cross-country, Nordic combined and ski jumping events will be arranged in the course of these twelve days.

  • April 15th 2011 - Amnesty International 50th anniversary

    In 1960, British lawyer Peter Benenson read a newspaper article about two Portuguese students who had been sentenced to seven years in prison for proposing a toast to freedom.

  • April 15th 2011 - Fridjof Nansen 150th anniversary

    Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930)’s studies in zoology led to his appointment in 1882 as assistant curator at Bergen Museum. Here he specialised in neuroanatomy, mainly in lower vertebrates.

  • April 15th 2011 - South Pole centenary

    On 14 December 1911, five men stood at the southern axis of the earth. They planted the Norwegian flag and named the area KongHaakon VIIs vidde. Those men were Roald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting, Helmer Hansen and Sverre Hassel, the first men to reach the South Pole.

  • April 15th 2011 -Tourist stamps

    This year’s tourist stamps feature buildings with a special architectural style. They range widely from the Borgund Stave Church Visitors’ Centre to the world’s best insulated freezer on Svalbard. The architect firms responsible for designing the buildings (as listed below) are Barlindhaug Consulting, Helen & Hard and Askim/Lantto.

  • May 20th 2011- City of Drammen bicentenary

    The city of Drammen was established in 1811 when the towns of Strømsø and Bragernes were merged. However, 6000-year-old rock carvings prove that people have been living in the area since the Stone Age.

  • June 3rd 2011- Fire and rescue services 150th anniversary

    In the early hours of 14 April 1858 a major fire broke out in Christiania (Oslo). Starting in a carpenter’s workshop in Dronningens gate, the fire spread quickly through the old, inflammable buildings in the neighbourhood

  • June 10th 2011- UN International year of forests

    Seen from a global perspective, the forests in Norway developed over a fairly short period of time.

  • September 2nd 2011- University of Oslo bicentenary

    After the Danish King decided in 1629 that priests in the Danish-Norwegian church had to pass a university examination in theology, students flocked from Norway to the university in Copenhagen.

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  • September 16th 2011- Comic strips centenary

    The world’s first comic strip character, The Yellow Kid, appeared in the “New York World” newspaper in 1896. It was created by freelance illustrator Richard Outcault, the father of American comic strips.

  • November 11th 2011- Posthorn

    Norway’s posthorn stamps, the world’s oldest uninterrupted stamp series, passed yet another historical milestone last year

  • November 11th 2011 - Christmas stamps

    Anyone who has had the pleasure of sifting through piles of old postcards will have noticed the great variety in this pictorial material.