FINLANDIA 2017 exhibition expresses its gratitude

(8th June 2017)

FINLANDIA 2017 organization thanks all the participants! The exhibition was a great success. During the exhibition days 24th-28th May, there was about 9 000 visitors at the Tampere Hall, of which at the children's Remarkable Adventure exhibition was about 800 visitors. The exhibition at the Finnish Postal Museum gathered a large amount of interested visitors to the Museum Centre Vapriikki. During one month, over 30 000 people saw the exhibition The First Stamps. Gems from the collections of Queen Elizabeth II and the Postal Museum together with Finlandia 2017 exhibition. Thank you for the visitors for your great interest!

The Exhibition Catalogue (Bulletin #2) and Palmarès Catalogue (Bulletin #3) are available online.

The photos and videos about Finlandia 2017 can be found on the Internet: Flickr, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You Tube contains a lot of videos by the visitor, like the Finlandia by the Pirkanmaa Music Institute at the Opening Ceremony. Check also the many videos of the Commissioner of Israel, Les Glassman about the exhibition and the city of Tampere overall.

Finlandia 2017 Internet pages and e-mails are available for the time being.

We want to also thank You for the mainly positive feedback! Some examples:

Andrée Trommer-Schiltz, FIP Secretary General:

"I would like to thank you so much for the kind welcome we had in Tampere. It was a wonderful exhibition and you can be very proud to have achieved such an event."


Jose Ramón Moreno, FEPA President:

Congratulations for the great success of the European Stamp Exhibition “FINLANDIA 2017”.The ability, imagination, expertise and friendship you have applied I have not found all together before. The venues, the wonderful and plenty of space Tampere Hall and the Postal Museum; The clever design of the exhibition in order to admire the extraordinary exhibits you were able to attract; The Hotel in the best location of Tampere, so close to the Exhibition; The very efficient organisation, regarding to the Commissioners and to the exhibition itself and to the work of the Jury and the Expert Team. All of it impregnated of innovative solutions which for sure will be applied in the future international exhibitions. And of course the kindness you had shown toward us has made of “FINLANDIA 2017” a unique event. To achieve it is necessary not only to be very clever,  efficient and ready to work extremely hard as you has done, but also a lot of courage to go over such enormous task.

I know you worked very tough taking care of every detail. But you can be proud of what you have achieved. This is really the right way to promote philately. For sure “FINLANDIA 2017” will be a milestone and a reference for the future of International Philately. I am also grateful for hosting the FEPA Congress providing us with superb facilities which were essential for the success of the Congress


Dealer Bill Barrell, Great Britain:

Meanwhile Samuel was in Tampere, Finland attending Finlandia 2017 with David Griffiths from Thames Themes. This show looked to be very promising, but the location of the show was a negative. The show was split over 3 levels with dealers and exhibits scattered through out the building which many dealers felt hurt the show. It is pretty clear to me that a MAJOR SHOW NEEDS TO BE IN A MAJOR METROPOLIS and Helsinki was the obvious choice for this. Too often the consideration is - 'what is the cheapest option ... rather that what is the best option ...(also applies to some collectors !!!). However good contacts were made and Sam made his first purchase as a stamp dealer 😄 !!



The Finlandia 2017 stamp exhibition was really a successs. You have done a very good work together with all the team. All the people I talked to said it was a very fine show. A very nice hall. I enjoyed it all. Very good programs.



Just to say a big ‘Thank You’ for all the help from you and your team. We both enjoyed the exhibition and the friendship of all the people involved.


Mehmet Akan, Commissioner, Turkey:
I would like to thank you  for your help and guidance during  Finlandia 2017. It was a perfect organisation. I am looking forward to work with you in future philatelic events.


Julian Ayleutner, Commissioner, Poland:

Thank you for all I met in Tampere. It was very nice and not stressed stay in Finland. Your job was made perfect. I wish to have a similar effect in Poland in the case of exhibition organization.


Alexandru Bartoc, Commissioner, Romania:
Finlandia 2017 was a lesson for how to organize  a very successful exhibition. I congratulate you for this  exceptional exhibition and thank you for your hospitality.


Andreas Nikolaidis, Commissioner, Greece:
I would like to thank you all for your hospitality and the great exhibition which was well organized. I am glad to be there and participate in this large festival. It was a great experience visiting Finland and Tampere and luckily also a nice weather!


Bill Hedley, Commissioner, United Kingdom:
May I also thank you very sincerely for all the hard work you put into helping us to contribute to your wonderful exhibition. So far as we were concerned everything went very well. We enjoyed ourselves enormously, the company was excellent, the weather was good and the travelling arrangements worked perfectly.


Lars Engelbrecht, Jury secretary:

Congratulations with the great success of Finlandia 2017. I really enjoyed the exhibition, and Finlandia will always be remembered for its innovations with scans and iPads. You have done a huge job preparring the exhibition, and I hope you are now really happy with the result.


Brian Trotter, Jury Vice President:

Finlandia was an excellent show, and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it. It was a happy show, where people were seen to be having a good time. Congratulations, well done!


Vincent Schouberechts, Commissioner, Monaco:

First of all I would like to thank you again for your kindness and all the help you provided to us. The organisation was excellent and thanks to Les, we have a lot of videos of all the events.


Stockholmia 2019:

On Thursday 25 May, the STOCKHOLMIA reception at FINLANDIA 2017 took place with more than 150+ Fellows, Members and their Guests participating.

Yes, Members from the whole world participated in the event where the latest announcements about the exhibition was presented by Exhibition Manager Jonas Hällström, who focused on:

  • The invitation to Members to display

  • Destination offers to all visitors comprising prepared reservations of accommodation and destination activities

  • Planned program activities

The reception with its presentation was very well received and during the proceeding days at FINLANDIA, STOCKHOLMIA 2019 was a great “buz”.


FINLANDIA 2017 exhibition photos online

(1st June 2017)
Photos at Flickr.


Jean Voruz won the Grand Prix FINLANDIA 2017

The winner Jean Voruz on the right with the prize donated by Corinphila Auctions AG. Karl Louis from Corinphila on the left.

(30th May 2017)

The Grand Prix winners of FINLANDIA 2017

Grand Prix FINLANDIA 2017

Jean Voruz, Switzerland: Geneva Postal Services 1839-1862

Grand Prix International

Joseph Hackmey, United Kingdom: Classic Romania

Grand Prix National

Erkki Toivakka, Finland: Finland 1856-1875


PALMARES Catalogue is available online

(29th May 2017)

The Palmarès catalogue is available here. THANK YOU all for making the FINLANDIA 2017 exhibition such a success!


Follow FINLANDIA 2017 at the social media to see the daily athmosphere

(26th May 2017)

Daily photos at FINLANDIA 2017 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Exhibition photos at this web site coming next week!


FINLANDIA 2017 officially opened

(24th May 2017)

The happy honorary guests of the Opening ceremony after cutting the ribbon at the Small Auditorium of Tampere Hall. Thanks to all who joined the opening day, it was a success!


The last newsletter is published

(May 19, 2017)

Newsletter n:o 6.

FINLANDIA 2017 Exhibition Floor Plan

(May 18, 2017)

The exhibition floor plan of Tampere Hall is published.

FINLANDIA 2017 Gala Concert in a magnificent Main Auditorium of Tampere Hall on Friday!

(May 17, 2017)

Gala Concert performances by Instrumental groups and the Choir of Pirkanmaa Music Institute.

Pre-reserved hotel rooms with lower price are expiring soon

(April 6, 2017)

Have you booked a hotel yet? We recommend early bookings to guarantee the lower payment and the hotel accommodation of your choice. Check the hotel list here.

FINLANDIA 2017 Event Stage program published

(March 29, 2017)

Welcome to present to the open Event Stage. Check the timetable and available slots here.

Now on the advance sales - the new Fabergé booklet. Special edition!

(March 22, 2017)

Available at Posti online shop.

Palmares tickets for cheaper price until 19th March!

(March 13, 2017)

The Palmares tickets cost EUR 80/person until 19 March and EUR 100/person as of 20 March, 2017. Please book your tickets well in advance on the registration form. More info about Palmares.

The President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö is the Patron of FINLANDIA 2017

(March 10, 2017)

Photo: Copyright © The Office of the President of the Republic

The patronage of the President of the Republic is a notable recognition from the highest government for the biggest collecting event of the Finland's centenary celebration year. This patronage will continue the tradition: previous international exhibitions organized in Finland have had the same honor. The patron of FINLANDIA 1956 was the President of Republic Urho Kekkonen and the patron of FINLANDIA 1988 was the President of Republic Mauno Koivisto.