Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Åland Islands

Woohoo! On a roll with another new country, the Åland Islands, an autonomous Swedish-speaking region of Finland made up of a Baltic Sea archipelago between the two countries. Postcard show the Åland Islands flag, which is a Swedish flag defaced by a red cross symbolising Finland.

Stamp on left depicts the Boletus edulis mushroom, or porcino mushrooms as it is more commonly known in culinary circles. It is a common mushroom across the Northern Hemisphere and is highly regarded in many cuisines. Stamp on the right depicts, quite obviously, potato chips. A bit of investigative searching for the connection between the Åland Islands and potato chips revealed that the Åland Islands is, in fact, home to Scandinavia's largest potato chip company, Chips AB, established in 1969 to offset the decline in the the island's traditional economic mainstay, fishing.

No comments:

Post a Comment