25 years in service
A bright red building stands out in the middle of a town in East Greenland. Greenland’s only philatelic center is based in Tasiilaq, Greenland, stamped dominantly with the sign ‘Tele-Post’.
One might wonder why Greenland’s only philatelic center is based here. It was moved over by Greenland’s self-government 25 years ago from Copenhagen, in the hope that it would create jobs for the townspeople. That it did, and one of the two locals it first employed was Kristian Pivat, who is still working there.
One might wonder why Greenland’s only philatelic center is based here.
"I was a carpenter before, so therefore needed to find an office job."
From Snow Mobile to wheelchair
“Two years before the center was established I broke my back in a snow mobile accident while working and have been in a wheelchair ever since.
I was a carpenter before, so therefore needed to find an office job. I’ve been very happy to work at Tele-Post; and I’m always curious to see what the next set of stamps issued are,” explains Pivat.
Stamps for fun
The stamps issued always cover a theme related to Greenland, be it hunting, Greenlandic songs, mining, or culture, so that collectors from all over the world can also gain a bit of insight into life in Greenland.
POST Greenland Filatelia is Greenland’s only philatelic center
It was established in 1989
10 employees work at POST Greenland Filatelia
“The stamps I love most are paintings,”
"The stamps I love"
Pivat is also a stamp collector in his spare time, saving used stamps he comes across, mainly from Denmark and Greenland.
“The stamps I love most are paintings,” he considers.
They are not arranged properly at the moment, though, because he has not time right now.
Passing time in Tasiilaq
“There are too many ways to pass time in Tasiilaq,” says Pivat. Being in a wheelchair does not affect the way he lives his life. His lifestyle is still active.
“In wintertime, I love to drive with the snow scooter in the back country, and during the summer I go out and sail. Maybe when I become a pensioner, I will put my stamps into order,” Pivat muses.
If you are a stamp collector, you can find out more information at stamps.gl. Or, if you happen to make it to Tasiilaq, you won’t be able to miss the bright red Tele-post building.
"Maybe when I become a pensioner, I will put my stamps into order,"
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