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Greta Thunberg to appear on postage stamp

Activist’s image to be one in a series released in Sweden

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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg is shown in her trademark yellow raincoat on a stamp in her native Sweden that is part of a series on the environment.
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg is shown in her trademark yellow raincoat on a stamp in her native Sweden that is part of a series on the environment. (David keyton/Associated Press) Photo Gallery

STOCKHOLM — Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postal stamp that will be issued Thursday in her native Sweden and is part of a series focusing on the environment.

The motives on the stamps “should reflect our time, where the environmental issue has been relevant and present for many years, not least through Greta Thunberg’s strong voice,” Sweden’s postal company Postnord said in a statement.

One with Thunberg in her trademark yellow raincoat with her braid blowing in the wind and standing atop a hill, is part of a five-stamp series themed “Valuable Nature.” They cost 12 kronor ($1.40) each, are available as of Jan. 14 and are illustrated by Swedish artist Henning Trollback.

Thunberg, who just turned 18, rose to prominence for weekly solo protests outside Sweden’s parliament in Stockholm that she started on Aug. 20, 2018.

Students around the world soon began following her lead, staging regular large protests, and she was invited to speak to political and business leaders.

The coronavirus outbreak has prevented the Fridays for Future movement that Thunberg inspired from holding its mass rallies in recent months, lowering its public profile.

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