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The “STOCKHOLMIA 2019” international philatelic exhibition was organized at "Waterfront Congress Centre", Sweden’s newest and most versatile venue for large-scale meetings and events. It is located in the heart of Stockholm, across the water from the City Hall.

There were 2000 exhibition frames.

On 28 May, the exhibition opened for the 3 pm vernissage.

At 3.30 pm, RPSL President Patrick Maselis welcomed the audience to six days of philatelic exhibition.


Exhibition Manager Jonas Hällström is at the vernissage. It was five years ago that Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL came up with the idea of Stockholmia.

The opening ceremony.

At the opening of the exhibition the President of RPSL Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL invited King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden to the floor to receive a unique gift: a replica of the Swedish Royal Crown made in chocolate.

On 29 May the “Stockholmia-2019” was officially opened by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. In the inauguration speech the King, for example, mentioned that both his father and grandfather were stamp collectors so philately is a part of the family history.


His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was taken on a tour, with Jonas Hällström as a guide, to the Global Philatelic Network Mega Stand, the Court of Honour, the Royal Philatelic Society London’s large area with many display cabinets, PostNord…

FDC of the “Moon landing” Minisheet specially issued for “Stockholmia-2019”. Total issue is only 1500 FDCs.

The dinner at Winterviken on 29 May.

The dinner was arranged in recognition of Patrons & Supporters, Partners, Exhibitors, Trade Stand Holders, Volunteers and Management Team.

Tables are set for the 405 dinner guests at Winterviken.

A chocolate replica of the Three Skilling Yellow.


STOCKHOLMIA 2019 offered and array of lectures, presentations and different programmes each and every hour during the day.

30 May 2019. AIEP (the "International Association of Philatelic Experts") Round Table Meeting.

Dr. Thomas Mathà, AIEP President and Yakup Nakri, AIEP Vice President.

Vincent Schouberechts, FFE editor, presented FFE №20 (May2019).

President Thomas Mathà and Carl A. Møller (both are the members of the Judging Panel for Hunziker Medal) handed the 2018 Hunziker Medal to Dr. Helena Obermüller-Wilén.



The Palace is Their Majesties the King and Queen's permanent home residence. Drottningholm Palace is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Two ships, filled with 270 guests, was used for the cruise.

Igor Panfilov (right), Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian National Academy of Philately; Igor Rodin; Sergey Rodin (left) delegate of Monaco to the FIP Commission for Astrophilately.


4 new RDPs signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists on 31 May in Spegelsalen (Hall of Mirrors) of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm.

Prakob Chirakiti RDP FRPSL of Thailand signing; his sponsor, Brian Trotter, UK (left); Jon Aitchison FRPSL Keeper of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (right).


Hany Salam RDP of Egypt signing and his sponsor Chris King, UK.

AEP (the European Academy of Philately) meeting on 1 June.

“Stockholm-New York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight” lecture by Serge Kahn.

“The Local and Chérifien posts of Morocco” lecture by Maurice Hadida.

AEP President Jean Voruz officially presented the last number of AEP magazine, OPUS XIX.

Andrey Strigin, President of the Russian Academy, presented the project ROSSICA 2020.


Astrophilately at STOCKHOLMIA 2019.

“Current trends in Astrophilately” presentation by Igor Rodin.

Igor Rodin and David Ball, FIP Commission for Astrophilately Bureau member.

2 exhibits on Astrophilately were demonstrated in non-competitive class of RPSL members: Sergey Rodin “The Space Mail of the International Space Station” 8 frames and Igor Rodin “Space Mail from: Salyuts to Mir” 8 frames.

Presentation of Igor Rodin’s new book on Astrophilately.

In the Reading Room visitors could get acquainted with every item in the Literature Class.

Rainer von Scharpen, AIJP Secretary General, AEP Board member.

Tables for 700 guests were placed alongside the 1628 ship for the Palmarés and Banquet in the Vasa Museum.

Some more pictures from the exhibition.

Information about the exhibition could be seen all over the city center.



Stockholm views.

Photos by Sergey Rodin and Igor Rodin.


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