In 2003 Finland issued a minisheet with five stamps featuring
lighthouses on the coast of the Baltic Sea. From left to right they
are the Bengtskår lighthouse on the southernmost inhabited island in
Finland. It was built in 1906 and is the tallest lighthouse in
Scandinavia at 52 meters. The "eye of Hanko" built on Russarö island
in 1863. It is 21.4 meters high and made of stone. This lighthouse is
on the coat of arms of Hanko. Rönnskär is the oldes preserved
lighthouse in Finland dating from 1800. It is on the Porkkalanniemi, a
penninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Harmaja Granaara is an island and a
lighthouse outside Helsinki, south of the Soumenlinna sea fortress. It
has been a lighthouse since 1883. Harmaja received the world's first
directed and undirected raido beacon in 1936. The Söderskä lighthouse
was built in 1862, 15 nautical miles from the center of Helsinki. It
is 40 meters tall.
The design of the minisheet has pictures of the five
lighthouses with a map across the top of the sheet. At the top of each
stamp are some vital statistics: the date it was built, the
coordinates of its location and its height.
Mark Honig called my attention to an error on the
sheet. The coordinates given for the Russarö are 50° 46,0´N 22°
57,1´E, which is incorrect. The correct latitude is 59° 59,1´N.