Estonian National Anthem


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Date of Issue : June 30, 1999
Designer : Jaan Saar
Denomination : 3 kr 60 s
Perforation : 14:13¾
Sheet Content : 25 Stamps+Coupon (5 x 5)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : 619 375
Order Number : 170-06-1999
First Day Cover Number : 1999-9
Postcard Number : 19
Eesti Post : Estonian national anthem

Single franking:

  • Inland letters up to 20 g
  • Inland printed matter 50-100 g
  • Stamps:

    31.05.1994 - XXII All-Estonian Song Festival

    Special cancellations:

    16.05.1994 - Johann Voldemar Jannsen, 175th anniversary
    18.06.1994 - Tartu Song Festival
    02.07.1994 - XXII All-Estonian Song Festival
    03.-04.07.1999 - XXIII All-Estonian Song Festival

    The lyrics of the song "Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm" (My Fatherland, my pride and joy) were written by Johann Voldemar Jannsen to a tune by Friedrich (Fredrik) Pacius, a music teacher at Helsinki University, in years of the upswing of the Estonian national movement. First published 130 years ago in the collection of songs for the First All-Estonian Song Festival in May 1869, its had its first performance by male choirs in the festival's secular programme on its second day. The song was well received, it soon spread all over the country and by the All-Estonian Song Festival of 1896 at the latest it had become an unofficial national anthem which people sang standing up and with bared heads.

    "Mu isamaa, mu õnn ja rõõm" was the Estonian national anthem in the first period of independence from 1918 to 1940 and enjoys the same status also since independence was re-established in 1991.

    More Information:

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  • 1869 (Väägvere Brass Band, photo from 1867) - Estonian Institute
  • Estonian National Anthem - Juha Nuotio
  • 31.05.1994 - Estonian Song Festival, 125 year anniversary - Estonia Stamp Collection - Jörgen Andersson
  • Finland Post - Stamp 7.05.1998: Finnland's Natinal Anthems 150 Years Old

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