Joint Thai-Swedish stamp issued on 5 October

Don’t be surprised if the stamp on the next postcard from Thailand shows an image of the Royal Castle in Stockholm. Or a picture of the Grand Palace in Bangkok is on the stamp on your next letter from Sweden.
The stamps are a result of a postal cooperation between Thailand and Sweden. The two Royal Castles will figure on the upcoming joint stamp issue from the postal authorities in Sweden and Thailand. The stamps will go on sale on 5 October. A real collector’s item for sure.
The day is celebrated with a ceremony in Bangkok presided over by the head of Thailand’s postal authority, Khun Dhirapongs Suddinond and his Swedish colleague Mr. Lennart Grabe, H.E. the Ambassador of Sweden Mr. Jan Nordlander and the stamp’s engraver Mr. Czeslaw Slania.
Meanwhile, in Stockholm H.E. Khun Pongsak Nilubol, Ambassador of Thailand, presides over an issuing ceremony in Stockholm.
“Thailand is a hot topic, not least for the many Swedish tourists that travel to the exotic and beautiful country,” says Ms. Ingegerd Mattsson, head of the stamps division at Posten, the Swedish postal authority.
Thailand is the largest foreign winter destination for Swedish travelers. During 2001 around 223 000 Swedes visited Thailand. Thai cooking has become very popular in Sweden. So is Thai culture.
“It felt natural to pick the Royal Castles as common images as both countries are monarchies”, says Ingegerd Mattsson.

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