The 2021 Christmas seals support borrelia research in Åland

Åland 2021 Christmas seals

20 October sees the issue of Åland Post’s annual Christmas seals. The receiver of this year’s Christmas seal grant is the Åland Group for Borrelia Research, a network of researchers who study tick-borne infectious diseases in Åland. Swedish illustrator Rebecca Elfast has designed the Christmas seals that will elicit your childlike heart: “The Christmas seals are full of verve and childish delight that the snow is falling”.

Since 1993, Åland Post has supported Åland societies and organizations through the sale of Christmas seals. This year’s grantee is the Åland Group for Borrelia Research (ÅGBR), a network of some ten medical researchers who study tick-borne infectious diseases in Åland.

The members of the ÅGBR cooperate with researchers in Finland, Sweden and other EU countries and work entirely for free in their spare time. Their research concentrates on tick-borne infectious diseases such as Lyme borreliosis and TBE (tick-borne encephalitis), and it has contributed to the development of diagnostics and treatment methods that have gained international recognition. The ÅGBR plans to use the Christmas seal grant for studies of the immune system reactions following a tick-bite.

Illustrator Rebecca Elfast has designed this year’s Christmas seals and stamps. The theme of the Christmas seals is winter games and they show all the fun you can have in the snow; go sledding, make snow-angles, build a snowman or, why not, taste the snowflakes.

Åland Christmas seals sheet 2021
Reverse side Åland Christmas seals 2021

Order the seals at, by letter to Åland Post Stamps, PO box 1100, AX-22111 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland, by e-mail to or by telephone: +358 (0)18 636 641.

Date of issue20 October 2021
ArtistRebecca Elfast
DesignJohanna Finne/Åland Post
Edition3000 sheets of 20 self-adhesive seals
Size30,6 x 25,8 mm
Sheet size210 x 145 mm
PaperSticotac Semigloss, white 80 gms
Printing process4-colour offset
Printing houseGrano