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Many people post their Christmas cards at the last moment
Today is the last day to send Christmas greetings bearing the cheaper festive stamps
Health sciences student Sara Kellokoski, 19, grabs a thick stack of Christmas cards from a delivery box.
The cards slip into pigeonholes arranged according to the relevant postal codes at Itella Postis’s sorting centre in Kuopio in Eastern Finland.
Around 20 temporary Christmas assistants are already sorting Christmas cards in Itella’s big hall.
”This work is quite nice and different from studying at the university”, Sara says cheerfully.
”Luckily, most cards have an easily decipherable address, and for ambiguous cases, there is a separate pigeon-hole down there”, she adds.
Approximately six million cards sent from South Savo, North Savo, and North Karelia go through Kuopio’s new sorting centre to various parts of the country and abroad.
About 170 Christmas helpers are working hard, partly in three shifts.
Itella Posti has again hired about 3,000 seasonal workers around the entire country.
Even this year, Finns are expected to send around 47 million Christmas cards, although e-greetings have eaten into the numbers in recent years .
Today - Thursday - it is still possible to send cards at a reduced rate of 55 cents.
”Quite many people post their Christmas cards at the last moment”, says Veijo Juutilainen, the chief of the main post office of Kuopio.
Already on Wednesday, the service hall of the post office was full of customers taking a number and waiting for their turn.
However, Thursday is expected to be the busiest Christmas mailing day.
Vineyard keeper Taina Hallman had come on Wednesday to pick up a parcel and to buy some envelopes for her Christmas cards. She said that she had about 150 cards at home, some of which were still unwritten.
”I will send them with love to my friends and acquaintances, and there is nothing that could beat a hand-written Christmas card”, Hallman notes.
FACTFILE: The deadline for Economy Class cards is on Monday
All Christmas cards must be posted soon, if they are to reach their destination in time for Christmas.
The Christmas greetings bearing the cheaper 55-cent special stamps must be sent today - Thursday - at the latest.
The Economy Class cards with 60-cent stamps must be posted no later than Monday, December 19th.
The deadline for the Priority Class greetings with 75-cent stamps to the Nordic countries is Tuesday, December 20th.