Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Finland - Sipoo

Sent by Stig, a postcrosser and a fanatical collector of poststamps and postcards from Sipoo in Finland. The postcard shows Ostholmen, Sibbo archipelago and Sibbo old church.

This is from Wikipedia : Sipoo (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsipoː], Swedish: Sibbo) is a municipality of Finland. Its seat is in Nikkilä/Nickby. It is the eastern neighbour of Helsinki and is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Eastern Uusimaa region. The municipality has a population of 18,123 (31 March 2010) and covers an area of 698.68 square kilometres (269.76 sq mi) of which 359.05 km2 (138.63 sq mi) is water. The population density is 53.36 inhabitants per square kilometre (138.2 /sq mi).

The once almost completely Swedish speaking municipality is since 1953 bilingual, a majority being Finnish speakers since 2003, due to migration from other parts of Finland. Today the Finnish speaking majority stands for ca 60% and the Swedish speaking minority for about 39% of the population.

On June 26, 2006, the Sipoo town council decided on a strategy to triple the municipality's population over the next 25 years. The decision was made after Helsinki announced plans to annex a part of the municipality in order to continue to build high-end urbanizations in the coastline (and thus high-tax revenue producing). The Finnish Council of State voted in favour of the annexation on June 28, 2007, with votes 8 to 4. Sipoo disputed this and appealed the Supreme Administrative Court but the court upheld the decision of the Council of State[7] and the annexation took place on January 1, 2009. As Helsinki did not directly border Sipoo at any point, the city of Vantaa ceded the area lain between Helsinki and Sipoo to Helsinki in the process.

Thanks for the beautiful stamps.

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