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Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting 20172017-05-21T16:25:44+03:00
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It is Tampere calling!

Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting invites you! Helsinki Meeting in August 2016 was a success. We have no other plans than to make everything better in Tampere, 26-28 May 2017.

Independent Finland celebrates its centenary in 2017. The whole year will be full of activities. Among them is FINLANDIA 2017 – International Stamp Exhibition (the biggest one in the world in 2017), at Tampere Hall 24-28 May 2017.

Finlandia 2017 will be partially the venue for Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting as well. The theme for the last day of Finlandia 2017 is Postcrossing.

Meeting Program

Last update Mon 17 Apr 2017 at 2:25 PM EET

Friday, May 26 – The Postcrossing Warm-Up

10.00 - 17.00Arrival and registration at Finnish Postcrossing Friends desk
- Pick-up of meeting passport
- Free time to experience Finlandia 2017 Stamp Exhibition
Tampere HallFREE
16.30 - 19.30Pop Up Postcard Fair - Meet the best postcard retailers and artists under one roofUniversity of Tampere, Main Building, Entrance HallFREE
21.00 - Evening programResturant Plevna, Itäinenkatu 8, Finlayson AreaFREE
Food and drinks at own cost

Saturday, May 27 – The Postcrossing Festival

09.30 - 11.30Annual Meeting of Finnish Postcrossing Friends (reg.)Restaurant Myllärit, Åkerlundinkatu 4MEMBERS ONLY
12.00 - 15.00Postcard Scenery Bus Tour - See the best spots, visit two landmark towers, enjoy the best donut and coffee in townBus leaves from Tampere Hall10€
15.00 - 02.00Postcrossing Meeting
- some serious postcard writing
- dinner buffet, coffee included for price
- bar and evening snacks available by order


- Green salad and dressing
- Melon and cottage cheese salad
- Chicken and pasta salad
- Roast beef with red onion compote
- Salted salmon with lemon aioli

Main dishes
- Beetroot seasoned with sour cream and tarragon
- Roasted beef fillet and pepper-cream sauce
- Aioli potatoes
- Honey roasted root vegetables

- Country-style bread

- Cheesecake with black currants and white chocolate

Complimentary coffee and tea available all the time.

Full bar is open all the time (at own expense).
Restaurant Myllärit, Åkerlundinkatu 436€ - 56€

Sunday, May 28 – The Day of Postcrossing

10.00 - 12.00Postcrossing Seminar
- Paulo Magalhaes and Ana Campos from Postcrossing HQ, other participants TBA
Tampere Hall /
Small Auditorium (2nd Floor)
12.00 - 15.00Free time to experience Finlandia 2017 Stamp ExhibitionTampere HallFREE
15.30 - 17.00Farewell DinnerTBATBA

TBA = To be announced
Program is subject to change. The final program will be cleared as soon as possible. 

Come and join pure Postcrossing fun!


So will also Paulo Magalhães (creator of Postcrossing) and Ana Campos from Postcrossing HQ, Portugal, come to celebrate with us every day in Tampere!

Finnish Postcrossing Friends (reg.)

Where To Stay

Tampere has plenty of  accommodation choices available from cozy hostels to modern first-class hotels. Even more convenient, thanks to compact size of Tampere city center, majority of them are located in the city center within a short walking distance from Tampere Hall and other popular venues.

The hotel rates are relatively reasonable compared to other major conference cities in Europe.

Accommodation should be paid directly to the selected hotel. Even the capacity is high, we recommend early booking to guarantee accommodation of your choice.

Hotel Recommendations

We have made some pre-reservations to the hotels listed below. There is limited number of rooms available, so book you stay soonest. Special prices are available only for limited time. Please check the deadlines and reservation codes. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel by email or by phone. The hotel room rates are available using the reservation codes mentioned above only. All prices are per room and per night, including breakfast and VAT.

Method of Payment

The guests settle their room bills at the hotel. Unless the terms of payment are otherwise specified, the client shall pay with cash, a (Finnish) debit card, or a credit card. When paying on departure, please provide the hotel with a credit card number and expiry date in advance.

Cancellation Terms

Please check the cancellation terms for your chosen hotel when making the reservation.

More Information

For general questions regarding the hotels, please contact directly the hotel of your choice.

Recommended Hotels And Hostels




Lapland Hotel Tampere

A chance to experience Lapland in the heart of a city. True Taste From Lapland breakfast and free WiFi included.

1 minute walk to Tampere Hall

Yliopistonkatu 44, Tampere
+358 (0)3 3830000
More info and reservations
Cumulus Hämeenpuisto

Hotel Cumulus City Hämeenpuisto in Tampere provides comfortable accommodation in a modern setting close to everything the city has to offer. Along the beautiful Hämeenpuisto boulevard.

25 minute walk to Tampere Hall or
15-20 minute by bus

Hämeenpuisto 47, Tampere
+358 (0)200 48138
More info and reservations
Scandic Tampere City

A modern hotel right across the railway station.

8 minute walk to Tampere Hall

Hämeenkatu 1, Tampere
+358 (0)3 2446111
More info and reservations
Scandic Tampere Station

A modern and trendy city hotel right in the centre of Tampere, next to the railway station.

5 minute walk to Tampere Hall

Ratapihankatu 37, Tampere
+358 (0)3 3398000
More info and reservations
Scandic Rosendahl

A recently renovated conference hotel in a beautiful lakeside setting near the centre of Tampere. For those who appreciate nature.

45 minute walk to Tampere Hall or
20-30 minute by bus

Pyynikintie 13, Tampere
+358 (0)3 24412100
More info and reservations
Dream Hostel & Hotel

Across the street of Tampere Hall. An Award winning hostel with new hotel part.

1 minute walk to Tampere Hall

Åkerlundinkatu 2, Tampere
+358 (0)45 2360517
More info and reservations
Omena Hotel Tampere

Located in the very center of the city.

10 minute walk to Tampere Hall

Hämeenkatu 7, Tampere
More info and reservations
From 88€ - checkN/A

Experience Tampere

Please note that Thursday, April 25 is a public holiday, which may affect the opening hours.

Traditional And Famous Spots & Museums

Postimuseo – Postal Museum

In Postimuseo, you will have a great opportunity to make yourself familiar with the postal history of Finland; the permanent exhibition includes over 9000 items related to the development of postal system and mail distribution in Finland since the very beginning.

The newest temporary exhibition (28.4.-28.5.2017) includes stamp treasures from the collection of Queen Elizabeth II. These gems are displayed in Finland for the first time along with some precious stamps from the collections of Postimuseo. During the exhibition, you will have a unique chance to admire rare essays and proofs of the first stamps and postal stationery from 1839 to 1840 together with unique pieces related to Finnish postal history.

Read more: https://www.postimuseo.fi/en/exhibitions/treasures-from-queen-elizabeth-ii-s-stamp-collection

The exhibition is a part of the international philatelic exhibition Finlandia 2017. Postimuseo is a cooperation partner of Finnish Postcrossing Friends (reg.).

Address: Museum Center Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5
Open: Tue-Sun 10-18
Entrance fee: 12€ (adults), 10€ (pensioners), 6€ (students and minors 10-17 years)


In Vapriikki, you may explore many different and interesting exhibitions at once. There are nine permanent exhibitions displayed now, along with six temporary ones. Would you like to know more about Finns’ favorite game, ice hockey? Or maybe you are keen on games and their development? Vapriikki also offers exhibitions about nature and, of course, Tampere. One of the temporary exhibitions gives you an access to the Forbidden City. Time does fly while at Vapriikki!

Address: Museum Center Vapriikki, Alaverstaanraitti 5
Open: Tue-Sun 10-18
Website: http://vapriikki.fi
Entrance fee: 12€ (adults), 10€ (pensioners), 6€ (students and minors aged 7-17), free entrance on Fridays 15-18 (limited exhibitions)

Vakoilumuseo – Spy Museum

Spy Museum is one-of-a-kind – when opened in 1998, it was the first museum in the world to display the history of spying, and today it is still the only spy museum in Europe. You will have a chance to make yourself familiar with different spying methods and devices – and not only by admiring, as some of the instruments are up for visitors to try out themselves!

Address: Satakunnankatu 18
Open: Mon-Sat 12-18, Sun 11-17
Entrance fee: 8€ (adults), 6€ (students and minors aged 6-17)

Lenin-museo – Lenin Museum

Experience an exciting piece of history – Lenin Museum is located at the very same address where V.I. Lenin and Josif Stalin met for the first time back in 1905. The exhibition guides you through the pregnant history of Soviet Union, starting from the early 1900s, and the development of the relations between USSR and Finland.

Address: Hämeenpuisto 28
Open: Tue-Sun 11-17
Entrance fee: 8€ (adults), 6€ (pensioners and students), minors under 18 for free

Viikinsaari – Viikinsaari Island

Take a ferry from Laukontori and enjoy the sunny day in this little idyllic island very near to Tampere. There are beaches, playgrounds and barbequing options available on Viikinsaari – take packed lunch with you and enjoy the silence!

Ferry (20 minutes) from Laukontori
April 23: 10-15:30
April 24: 9-15:30
The ferry leaves from Laukontori every hour on the hour. Return from Viikinsaari half past every hour.
Fees (two-way ticket):
10€ (adults), 8€ (pensioners and students), 5€ (minors aged 5-17)

Tammelantori – Tammela marketplace

Located very close to the city centre, Tammelantori is an ideal place to try the Tampere specialty called mustamakkara (literally “black sausage”), a blood sausage that is usually eaten with lingonberry jam (“puolukkahillo” in Finnish) and sold by Tapola. While in Tammelantori, you could also enjoy the morning and have a cup of coffee, ice cream or other delicacies sold in the marketplace.

NB! Please make sure you have enough cash with you, not all sellers can accept card payments.

Address: Tammelan Puistokatu 24/26 (located between)
Open: Mon-Fri 6-14, Sat 6-15

Tampereen kauppahalli – Tampere Market Hall

Experience Tampere at its very best and explore all the tiny shops at Tampere Market Hall. An excellent place to buy some fresh goodies like “pulla”, sweet coffee bread that most Finns enjoy to have along with a cup of coffee or tea. Some well-liked (lunchtime) restaurants can also be found in here, like Ravintola 4 Vuodenaikaa and Sushibar Umami.

Address: Hämeenkatu 9 / Hallituskatu 10 (two entrances)
Open: Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 8-16 (Some sellers may have different opening hours)

Näsinneula and Särkänniemi

Näsinneula, indisputably the best-known landmark of Tampere, is an observation tower located at the lake Näsijärvi. With its height of 168 meters, Näsinneula is the tallest freestanding structure of Finland and the second tallest observation tower in Nordic countries. There is also a revolving restaurant at the height of 134 meters.

Näsinneula is located next to the second biggest amusement park of Finland, Särkänniemi:

Näsinneula is included in the meeting program on Saturday. Entrance fee normally 5,90€

Pyynikin näkötorni – Pyynikki observation tower

Located on the world’s tallest ridge crest, Pyynikki observation tower rises to 150 meters above the sea level. A wonderful view to the whole Tampere and its surroundings. The beloved Pyynikki Café is located on the ground floor and offers extremely delicious sweet coffee breads called “munkki” – a must-try for a visitor!

Pyynikki observation tower is included in the meeting program on Saturday.

Address: Näkötornintie 20
Open: Open every day 9-21
Entrance fee: Entrance to cafeteria free, but to the tower: 2€

Tampereen tuomikirkko – Tampere Cathedral

Built between 1902-1907, Tampere Cathedral is one of the biggest churches in Tampere. The famous frescoes of the cathedral have been painted by the Finnish symbolist Hugo Simberg.

Tampere cathedral is included in the meeting program on Saturday.

Address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 3A

Kalevan kirkko – Kaleva Church

Kaleva chuch was built 1964-1966 and represents modern style. Designed by an architect couple Raili and Reima Pietilä, it is one of the best-known attractions in Tampere.

Kaleva church is included in the meeting program on Saturday. 

Address: Liisankallio

Tampereen ortodoksinen kirkko – Tampere Orthodox Church

Built in 1896-1899 and designed by T.U. Jazukov, Tampere Orthodox Church is the main church of the orthodox congregation of Tampere.

Tampere Orthodox Church is included in the meeting program on Saturday.

Address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 27


Experience a wonderful piece of Tampere’s history at Tallipiha (Engl. “Stable Yards”) that was first built for the horses of the owner of Finlayson factory and their caretakers. Today, the little cottages are restored to the original 1880 style and make an excellent location for tiny gift shops, artisan workshops and a café.

Address: Kuninkaankatu 4
Shops open: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat-Sun 11-16
Café open: Mon-Sat 9-18, Sun 10-18

Amurin työläismuseokortteli

Go back in time by visiting Amuri – the museum includes five residential buildings and four outbuildings (one block) that were built for the working class in the 19th century. After a tour, you may sit down at Café Amurin Helmi and enjoy some delicacies.

Address: Satakunnankatu 49
Museum open: Tue-Sun 10-18
Entrance fee (museum only): 7€ (adults), 6€ (pensioners), free entrance on Fridays between 15-18
Café open: Mon-Fri 7-18, Sat-Sun 8-18

Cafés And Restaurants

Kaffila (Café)

A tiny yet idyllic café with a good choice of sweet and salty delicacies and soft beverages. A very popular choice for having a breakfast or a brunch (served on weekends). A free Wi-Fi.

Address: Aleksiskivenkatu 11 C 30
Open: Mon-Fri 8-20, Sat-Sun 9-20

Fazer Café

A good selection of sweet and salty goodies and beverages. They also sell the world-famous Fazer sweets – make sure to try their chocolate while in Tampere!

Address: Hämeenkatu 15
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30-20, Sat 9-21, Sun 9-18

Sokos Cafés and Restaurant

Sokos is one of the biggest department stores in Tampere, located next to Tampere Market Hall in the heart of the city. There are two cafés in the store, one on the street floor and the other on the fourth floor (with a very nice view!).

The restaurant is located on the -2 floor. Along with á la carte, they offer very good salad lunches at reasonable price (Mon-Sat, 10:30-15).

Address: Hämeenkatu 21
Open: Mon-Fri 9-21, Sat 9-19, Sun 11-18


Delicious hamburger dishes at very reasonable lunchtime (weekdays 11-14) price, located only a few footsteps away from the Tampere railway station.

Address: Otavalankatu 9
Open: Mon 11-21, Tue 10:30-22:30, Wed-Thu 11-22, Fri 11-23, Sat 12:30-23, Sun 12:30-20:30


Finland’s own “McDonald’s” with quite a large fast food (hamburgers, salads) selection. Only a few minute walk from Tampere Talo where the Finlandia 2017 exhibition is displayed.

Address: Itsenäisyydenkatu 7-9 (and Keskustori 5 and Puutarhakatu 10)
Open: Mon-Thu 10-22, Fri 10-23, Sat 11-23, Sun 12-18

Flea Markets

Finns love flea markets (“kirpputori” or “kirppis” in Finnish) and Tampere makes no exception on that! If you want to try your luck and hunt for some bargains (even postcards are rumored to be found…), here are some tips to start with!

Bonus Kirppis

Address: Itsenäisyydenkatu 11-13
Open: Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-17, Sun 10-15

NB! Accepts cash only.


Address: Laukontori 12
Open: Mon-Fri 10-17, Sat-Sun 10-15

Kirpputori Tarina

Address: Laukontori 4
Open: Mon-Fri 10-17, Sat-Sun 10-15

Finlandia 2017 Info

Finlandia 2017 is a big, international philatelic (study of stamps) exhibition, where stamps and stamp history is displayed. Stamp collectors (philatelists) display their collections in frames and compete for medals.

Exhibition is open 24 – 28 May 2017 in Tampere Hall, City of Tampere, Finland, and partly at the Finnish Postal Museum.

Leading theme is the 100th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Finland (1917–2017): part of Finland 100 -celebration program.

The patron of the exhibition is the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö.

Postcrossing and Finlandia 2017

One competitive class in exhibition is Picture Postcards. This for sure interests postcrossers. Also, the last day of exhibition, Sunday May 28, is nominated as the Day of Postal Museum and Postcrossing.

Postcrossing Seminar

Please mark your calendars, there will be a Postcrossing Seminar on Sunday May 28 (Day of Postal Museum and Postcrossing) at Small Auditorium of Tampere Hall. Come to hear and ask everything you ever wanted to know about postcrossing, postal systems in Finland, the association and everything. Participants includes for example Paulo Magalhaes and Ana Campos from Postcrossing HQ, Marko Kulmala from Finnish Postcrossing Friends and some other participants (will be announced later). Free event.

Picture Postcards at the exhibition

9001-9005 (5)Harri AntinrantaFinlandFrom the Finnish War to an Independent NationThe exhibit highlights the turning points of the Finnish history during 1808- 1919: the separation from over 600 years long connection with Sweden, becoming an autonomous part of Russia and becoming an independent nation.
9006-9010 (5)Reijo MyllerFinlandRiihimŠki - Evolving from Station Village to TownThis exhibit introduces by picture postcards how RiihimŠki was built on side of Helsinki Ð HŠmeenlinna railway. RiihimŠki was only a small stop point in the railway and it quickly became a town from simple station village. After the St. Petersburg railway was completed RiihimŠki was busy junction station and became an important centre of HausjŠrvi, to which RiihimŠki belong that time. Exhibit contains various postcards of RiihimŠki, including very rare material.
9011-9015 (5)Kari SalonenFinlandThe Battle for Tampere 1918The exhibit shows the way to Finland's Civil War, the fronts round Tampere and the cruel battle for Tampere and also some events after battles with postcards.
9016-9020 (5)Hans Uno HanssonSwedenThe Baltic Expo in Malmš 1914The Baltic Expo 1914 was an art-, industry- and handicraft expo held in Malmš between May 15 and October 4, 1914. All four states around the Baltic Sea at that time, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Russia, participated in the expo. This exhibit deals with the expo and how it was a mirror of its time, how it started as well as ended, and finally what still remains in Malmš and elsewhere.
9021-9025 (5)Mati SenkelEstoniaTallinn Harbour on postcards from 1890ties until 1940The exhibit consists of ca 240 different early postcards depicting the Harbour of Tallinn in everyday activities from the first litho postcards from the middle of 1890ties until photo postcards in 1930ties.
9026-9030 (5)Karl-Erik L. OlsenNorwayFrom Helg¿ to SkorpaA Pictorial Tour of Nord-Troms in the years around 1900.
Starting almost at latitude 70 degrees N with well-known spots, scenes of trade and industry and natural landscapes of the Northern Troms Province in Norway are depicted through text and postcards published around 1900.
9031 (1)Raelene NewellAustraliaKing Edward VII and Queen Alexandra: 1901-1910Featuring postcards and memorabilia of their lives during their 10 year reign, portraying family, friends, two of Edward's mistresses, his favourite dog "Caesar", Queen Alexandra's story, her letter to the nation and finally King Edward's death. This exhibit has many items of interest including advertising cards and Coronation programmes.
9032-9036 (5)Alojz Tom_SloveniaGerman paddle steamer COBRAThe exhibit shows the interesting life path of German paddle steamer COBRA (1889 - 1922), its daily service - navigation on the river Elbe (between Hamburg and Cuxhaven) and on the Northern Sea (between islands Helgoland, Norderney and Sylt) and along Italian (Genova, San Remo) and French Riviera (Monaco, Nice) during winter seasons.
9037-9041 (5)Per BunnstadSwedenAlbatross - a dramatic event during the First World WarIn July 1915 attacked a German mine cruisers in Swedish waters off the island Gotland. The crew was interned in Sweden 1915-1918. In the exhibit is given extracts from Albatross fate from the time she was built until she after the war were scrapped.
9042-9049 (8)Allan PihlFinlandThe German Empire At SeaThe exhibit tells the Imperial German Navy and maritime history, development and the most important actors in 1871 - 1919.
9050-9054 (5)Victor PalagnyukRussiaRussian Sisters of Mercy during First World WarThis exhibit displays images of Russian Sisters of Mercy in different circumstances of war: at the front-line providing first aide to the wounded soldiers, retrieving them from the battlefield, nursing them to health at battlefield medical facilities, hospital trains and stationary hospitals.
9061-9065 (5)Mario Carloni & Vanna CercenˆItalyGli Italiani nel DodecanesoThe exhibit illustrates the events that occurred in the Dodecanese during the Italian rule. It is made up of an introduction, that describes the Dodecanese conditions before the arrival of the Italians, and two parts: the first one illustrates the events that concern the Italian military occupation, the second describes the period of Italian sovereignty.
9066-9070 (5)Linda WeldenAustraliaThe Isle of the ChannelA visit to the Isle of Wight during the years 1890s to mid 1930s covering the many popular tourist sites including the Cowes Regatta, Lord Tennyson's home, the Needles and other popular spots.
9071-9078 (8)Seija-Riitta LaaksoFinlandParis by NightParis by Night Ð high drama, joyful operettas, beautiful singers and actresses, famous courtesans... French can-can, cabarets, and all the night life behind and beyond!
9079-9086 (8)Lorenzo GiardielloAustraliaWW1 Embroidered Silk PostcardsThis is a collection of French and Belgian cottage industry produced postcards, with a kaleidoscope of assorted coloured silk threads on silk tulle. The exhibit begins with pre-war issue postcards to highlight the origin of the 1914/1918 war issues. Shown from page 8 onwards are an extensive variety of vignettes both with and without pockets, mostly with assorted written messages. Also it includes appliquŽs, overlays, assorted inserts, glassine envelopes and notes industrialistÕs machine made cards. These cards are generally executed in the Art Nouveau styles.
9087-9091 (5)Graham WintersUnited KingdomSILK POSTCARDS WITH BUTTERFLY MOTIFSThe centenary years of World War I seem an appropriate time to show a postcard exhibit chiefly associated with that conflict. Most, but not all of the cards in this exhibit date from 1914-1918: the 'Golden Age' of the embroidered silk card. Butterflies are the unifying feature of these so-called 'hearts and flowers' cards.
9092-9096 (5)Peter L. RiedlAustriaDie Wiener Ringstrasse - The Viennese "Ring Road"A walk through the Viennese Boulevard former days and now.
9097-9101 (5)Kurt KeilAustriaIn der Monarchie zur Kur nach BadenAnkunft der KurgŠste in Baden, Transport in die Hotels und Pensionen, Beginn der Kur. Gro§es Angebot von GasthŠusern, CafŽs und Buschenschenken. Stadtrundgang. VergnŸgen: Theater, Sommer Arena, Kurkonzert, Casino, Hunderennen, Trabrennbahn und viele Ausflugsziele nah und fern.
9102-9106 (5)Nicolae Gabriel- OctavianRomaniaPRAISE THE GRAPE VINE ! PRAISE THE WINE !An unique story of postcards of the vine culture Romanian history in the period 1898-1940
9107-9111 (5)Angel Laiz CastroSpain1898: The End of Spanish Overseas EmpireThe Spanish-American War and the lost of Spanish Colonies of Cuba, Philippines and Puerto Rico through Postcards.
9112-9116 (5)Sergey TkachenkoRussiaMoscow ArchitectureThe exhibit tells about the different styles of architecture of Moscow in accordance with their aspirations, as well as modern technical features and aesthetic views.
9117-9121 (5)Mariana BedaRomaniaLeonard Salmen, Eminescu's poetry illustratorBorn in Galati (Romania), grandson of a Finnish officer, Ernst Salmen, established in Wallachia (Romanian country in the past before Union) in 1834. Known by the large number of portraits of royal personalities, and illustrating poems of the time writers. Admirer of Eminescu's poetry, Salmen has dedicated over 20 years, its illustration, charcoal, tempera, pen, starting with the 1898-99. It is the first illustrator who has exhibited Eminesciana theme in 1909. The exhibit presents a selection of the 500 known illustration postcards.
north to south.
9127-9131 (5)Francois BoeglinFranceSCHLARAFFIA, de l'art ˆ la loge
9132 (1)Daniel HerrmannFranceParis 1924, olympic motivation see from St Rapha‘l QuinquinaOne-frame exhibit about the 24 Olympic postcard issued for the summer olympic1924. I find out that 51 cards were designed but only 24 issues. One card is a wrong design, another is signed from an athlete in 1924, and some cards were posted in the Olympic period of 1924. Also the logo of the society St Rapha‘l appears on some cards.
9133-9137 (5)Jœlio Pedroso MaiaPortugalTHE PEARL OF THE INDIC - MEMORIES OF A TIME
9138-9142 (5)RŸdiger MartienssGermanyCuriosity - A peek through the (key)hole!Getting to know secrets is based on curiosity. It means "keen on new things" corresponding to the attraction of a desire to receive news and getting to know hidden or forbidden things. This exhibit depicts - primarily very funny and humorous - picture postcards which illustrate the peek through the (key)hole by women, men, groups and children - no matter if it's in a public lady bath or at the beach, at Christmas or in erotic situations. A variety of illustrations of the keyhole frame is also shown in order to glance at secrets.
9143-9147 (5)John DibiaseAustraliaMorbid ViewsThis exhibit illustrates the inhumanity of man. Although some actions were considered legal at the time, many of the views are shocking to modern eyes. That they were considered appropriate for widespread distribution as postcards is a challenging concept today. Nonetheless, they can stimulate our thoughts on the generation of mutual respect and how people have been, and still are, maltreated by others in power. The exhibit is presented in that context.
9148-9152 (5)Barry StaggUnited KingdomThe development and life cycle of a parachute.This exhibit shows the development of the modern parachute; what it is made from, its manufacture, and how it is packed. It goes on to show that the first parachutists were often entertainers and it was not until the 1930s that parachutists were properly trained. The exhibit continues by considering the life cycle of a parachute, from its dormant state, its struggle at birth to fully inflate, the gentle floating to the ground and finally, coming to rest on the ground, collapsing, its job done.
9153-9157 (5)Federico BorromeoItalyThe Post on PostcardsPostage stamps and the related subjects linked with Postal History; postage stamps at first, but also postmen, pillar and wall boxes, 'The language of Stamps' and so on.
9158-9165 (8)Werner SchindlerAustriaDIE ANSICHTSKARTE - EINE ERFOLGSGESCHICHTEDas Forschungs-Exponat dokumentiert die vielfŠltige Bedeutung der Ansichtskarte in der …sterreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie. Mit EinfŸhrung der Korrespondenzkarte 1869 wurde ein einfaches Kommunikationsmedium geschaffen, welches rasch von Wirtschaft und Publikum angenommen wurde. So kam es zum "Siegeszug der Ansichtskarte". Vom Buchdruck bis zur aufwendigen Litho Technik reicht die Produktpalette, die mit der kŸnstlerischen Gestaltung der Wiener WerkstŠtte ihren Hšhepunkt erlangte.
9166-9173 (8)Jenny LongAustraliaA Study of New Zealand Pictorial PostcardsThis exhibit is a personal study of the development of an identifiably "New Zealand" body of postcards, reflecting the geographic, social and cultural nature of the country, from the origins of postcards to the early twentieth century.
9174-9181 (8)Jeff LongAustraliaW T Wilson, Photographer & Postcard Manufacturer, Auckland New ZealandA look at the postcards produced by this little-known photographer, and a glimpse of what we can glean about his professional and personal life.
9182-9186 (5)Gisele VivanceFranceChinoiseries cartophiles (Chinese macerated postcard)Etudes de cartes postales, illustrŽs de dŽcors chinois, rŽalisŽs en timbres dŽcoupŽs. (Study of postcards, illustrated with Chines Decors, accomplished with cut stamps)
9187 (1)Elizabeth HiseyUnited States of AmericaAn Analysis of Edward Hitchell's Postcard Production of his Exaggerated California Produce PostcardsA one frame postcard exhibit showing a detailed study of the series.
9188-9192 (5)Ines Ropo_aSloveniaMerry Christmas and Happy New Year!The collection presents Christmas and New Year relief printed postcards from the period before the First World War. Presented are: the process of relief printing, postcards with printing errors, typical Christmas-New Year's motives, characteristics of this industry within that period, and European and American publishers and printers, that issued such postcards.

Tampere 2017 Postcrossing Meeting Postcards

There will be four (4) special postcards available for Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting.

Special postcard by Virpi Pekkala

The official Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting postcard is designed by Virpi Pekkala, the Artist of the Year 2017 for Finnish Postcrossing Friends. On postcard you can see the best known landmark of Tampere, the Näsinneula Tower.

The price for postcard is 1€/each for meeting participants and members of Finnish Postcrossing Friends.

Tampere Scenery Set

There will be also a set of three Tampere theme postcards.

Pictures of those postcards will be selected by public contest together with local newspaper Aamulehti, Finnish Postcrossing Friends, Finlandia 2017 exhibition and Postal Museum. Images will be available in the beginning of May.

At least one set will be included in the Meeting Bag which will be given to every registered participant. More sets will be available from Finnish Postcrossing Friends desk at Tampere Hall during Finlandia 2017.

Stamps and cancellations

The Finlandia 2017 Week is filled with new stamp issues by Posti. Here you can read what’s available and where.

Postage fees for postcards

Rate for domestic postcard (within Finland) is 1,30€.

Rate for international postcard (outside Finland) is either 1,40€ in Priority Class or 1,30€ in Economy Class.

Many Finnish postcrossers says there is no actual difference in delivery times between Priority and Economy classes. Whether you decide to use Priority or Economy, you should stick corresponding label (blue Priority or green Economy) or write it by hand. Both labels are available at Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting!

Recent stamps doesn’t have actual euro values printed on them. If there is a GLOBE symbol on a stamp, it’s value corresponds with International Priority postcard (1,40€). If stamp has a FINLAND MAP symbol OR 1lk (1st class, old) OR 2lk (2nd class, old) symbol, the value corresponds with domestic postcard (1,30€) and international Economy postcard (1,30€).

About stamps in general

Finland Posti has a desk inside Tampere Hall where is being sold not only new stamps issued in May 24 but also other stamps available. They also give special Finlandia 2017 exhibition cancellation.

In Finlandia 2017 there are several other postal administrations present selling their stamps, postcards and providing special exhibition cancellation. If you are interested, you may ask if they can send your postcards from their countries forward. Present are:

  • Åland Post (Åland Islands, Norway)
  • Postnord (Sweden, Denmark)
  • Korea Stamps (North Korea)
  • Hrvatska pošta (Croatia)
  • Deutsche Post (Germany)
  • Austrian Post International (Austria)
  • Post Greenland (Greenland)

If you want to experience a real Finnish Post Office, you may visit Tullintori Shopping Center nearby Tampere Hall, only 2-3 minutes walk, and visit Tampere Main Post Office in the 1st floor (street level floor).

Stamps sold by Finnish Postcrossing Friends

Finnish Postcrossing Friends sells already sold out postcrossing stamp booklet (2013). The association is selling also custom stamp made by postcard artist Virpi Pekkala. Pekkala is the Association’s Artist of the Year 2017.

1. Custom stamp by Virpi Pekkala (25€/sheet of 10)

Custom stamps made by Virpi Pekkala are being sold in sheets of ten stamps. The price is 25€/sheet. Postal value of one stamp is 1,30€ (domestic postcard, international Economy postcard).

Custom stamps made by Virpi Pekkala are being sold in sheets of ten stamps. The price is 25€/sheet. Postal value of one stamp is 1,30€ (domestic postcard, international Economy postcard).

2. Postcrossing stamp booklet (5,20€)

Finnish Postcrossing Friends is selling the 2013 Postcrossing booklet of four different stamps. The price of one booklet is 5,20€ (4 x 1,30€).

Finnish Postcrossing Friends is selling the 2013 Postcrossing booklet of four different stamps. The price of one booklet is 5,20€ (4 x 1,30€).

New stamps to be released on May 24

Finland Posti issues several new stamps on May 24. Special first day cancellation is available at Posti Desk, Tampere Hall.

1. The Moomins’ time travel booklet (7,00€)

The Moomins’ time travel booklet of stamps celebrates the opening of the new Moomin museum in Tampere. Tove Jansson’s original Moomins from various decades depict the development of the characters over the course of time. The booklet contains five international no-value indicator stamps (one stamp good for international postcard in Priority class). Value of one stamp 1,40€ / Price per booklet is 7€ (stamps not sold separately).

2. A reprint of the first stamps of independent Finland (2,60€)

The idea of the Model 1917 Saarinen stamp publication, to be released on May 24, comes from the first Finnish stamp publication. The miniature sheet holds two stamps by architect Eliel Saarinen from 1917, but the original payment indication in Finnish marks has been replaced with the payment indication of a domestic no-value indicator stamp (one stamp good for international postcard in Economy class). Value of one stamp 1,30€ / Price per sheet is 2,60€ (stamps not sold separately).

3. Sauna (6,50€)

In summer 2016, Posti and the tabloid paper Ilta-Sanomat collected sauna photos from their readers. A jury selected four of the photos to be included in the booklet of stamps, as well as one additional sauna-themed photo from the Åland Islands. The booklet of domestic no-value indicator stamps (one stamp good for international postcard in Economy class). The Sauna stamps are a joint release with Åland Post. Value of one stamp 1,30€ / Price per booklet is 6,50€ (stamps not sold separately).

Available special cancellations

Several special postmarks are recommended.

Finlandia 2017 Exhibition special cancellation is in use every day while exhibition is open (24-28 May). In the postmark you can see the exhibition logo and silhouette of Tampere Hall. The cancellation can be get from Posti desk at Finlandia 2017.

Moomin Museum is located in Tampere Hall (same place with Finlandia 2017 exhibition). There is a mailbox of which mail will be cancelled with this Moomin Museum special cancellation. The cancellation is in use around the year.

The above special cancellation is the official first day cancellation for Moomins’ time travel stamp issue. It can be get only for those stamps from Posti desk at Finlandia 2017.

The above special cancellation is the official first day cancellation for Sauna stamp issue. It can be get only for those stamps from Posti desk at Finlandia 2017.

Notice for Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting participants

All postcards written in the meeting on Saturday, May 26, will be collected in the evening together and will be delivered to special cancellation (either Moomin Museum or Finlandia 2017 exhibition – two delivery boxes will be to choose). So you don’t need to worry about getting your cards in time to any mailbox or Posti desk or post office. All cards need to be stamped though.


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Please, register by May 8 to ensure your participation!

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The fee includes:

  • Goodie Bag (Meetup Bag)
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  • Delicious and big buffet dinner at Restaurant Myllärit
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Tampere Hall

Tampere Hall is the main venue for Tampere International Postcrossing Meeting, as well as Finlandia 2017 International Stamp Exhibition. It is located conveniently in the city center. Tampere University is across the street. Only few steps to railway station.

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