December 22, 2014

1372 FINLAND (Åland) - Hammarudda, in Jomala

Located on  Fasta Åland, the main island of Åland, lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea, Jomala is a municipality which offers a variety of nature experiences. Apart from the sea coast, it contains also open fields, deciduous woodland meadows and Ice Age formations. It is not known from where the name Jomala originates but theories suggest that "jom" comes from the name of the Viking god Jom and that "ala" means "place". Therefore, Jomala would mean "the place where Jom is worshipped".

Prehistoric sites have been found in Jomala, just like in Kökar. Jettböle, a Stone-Age settlement dated to approx. 2500-2000 B.C., is one of the most renowned ancient sites in Finland. In the postcard is Hammarudda, a cape with an average elevation of 1m above sea level, sparsely populated, even if there is a village with the same name. Hammarudda can be traced to ancient Swedish "hammer", which means rocky height. During both world wars, this cape was strategically important as a point of defense and several fortifications were built on it. They were all destroyed after the war, when the Åland Islands were demilitarized.

About the stamps
The first stamp is one of the two which show the Åland apple cultivar Strömma, designed by Andreas Dienert and issued on June 7, 2011:
• 0,05 EUR - It's on the postcard
• 4,00 EUR

The second stamps is one of the two depicting Åland sceneries, issued on September 28, 2011:
• Hamnö, Kökar / photo: Andy Horner (0.85 EUR)
• Hammarudda, Jomala / photo: Kjell Söderlund (0.90 EUR) - It's on the postcard
The series contains all 16 Åland municipalities. The Jomala stamp is Åland SEPAC stamp for 2011.

Jomala - Wikipedia
Hammarudda (cape) - Chici World Atlas
Hammarudda - Geocaching

Sender: ???
Sent from ??? (Åland Islands / Finland), on 08.12.2014
Photo: Kjell Söderlund

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