Postage stamps as showcase

By showcasing some of what Norwegian researchers have accomplished on these stamps, we want to create an awareness of what scientific progress means for us – for the development of society, for more and better knowledge, better health, new technology and the workplaces of the future.

Over many generations, research and innovation have been the building blocks and driving force in Norway – a country that has evolved into a modern welfare society. At the same time, we are a small country dependent on collaboration with others, including in the area of research and development.

Important discoveries and major breakthroughs make Norwegian research environments attractive partners. The research groups that achieve groundbreaking results in Norway are, or often become, multinational. In this way, we reap even greater benefits from research, innovation and development than we would otherwise have done alone.

Norway Post and the Research Council hope that these stamps will awaken curiosity and interest in research, innovation and technology both among stamp collectors and others who send or receive them. The stamps have a QR code that you can scan using a mobile phone. This takes you to this page with more information about each discovery and invention, and the history behind them.

Groundbreaking research and radical innovation

The goal of groundbreaking research is to find answers or explanations that dramatically advance our knowledge. This often takes a long time, and the researchers will often build on the groundbreaking discoveries of other researchers. This new knowledge will in turn give us an opportunity to resolve specific problems and will generally form the basis for further research that will provide even more new knowledge about the researcher’s field of work, such as the brain. 


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The topic of the 2020 series is health

The two stamps released in 2022 are related to innovation at sea. 

Hywind Tampen is a floating wind power project and will be the first in the world to power offshore oil and gas platforms. Equinor’s offshore wind farm will be a test environment for further development of offshore wind.

The Norwegian company Stingray Marine Solutions AS has developed a system that uses laser to kill salmon lice. The exponential growth of salmon farming in Norway since the 1980s has had major economic and ecological consequences. Salmon lice cause physical damage to the fish and have become a major problem in the fish farming industry.

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