© Reuters. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg leaves Stockholm for Fridays for the Future protest
By Colm Fulton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Climate activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a set of stamps issued by Sweden’s postal service. He will join a hall of fame of Swedish personalities, from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Greta Garbo, who have been featured on the country’s postage stamps. The stamps go on sale at PostNord on Thursday and show Thunberg in his familiar yellow raincoat standing on a rocky shoreline looking at a flock of birds. “We hope that as a large company, we can shed light on the very important climate issue, with the help of a small label,” said Kristina Olofsdotter, director of PostNord’s stamps division. Several million stamps will be issued, Olofsdotter said, adding: “There will be a lot of Gretas flying.” Thunberg rose to world fame in 2018 after she began skipping school to protest, alone with a homemade sign, in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, demanding that her government take action against climate change. Within months, more than 2 million students in 135 countries had established their own picket lines, joining Thunberg’s “School Strike for Climate” campaign. In 2019, Thunberg took a year out of school to cross the world by car, train, and ship, but not by plane, to demand action on climate change, a trip that involved a brush with US President Donald Trump, and a speech at the United Nations. climatic summit. Thunberg’s movement, Fridays for Future, approved of the stamp’s image but played no role in its design, Olofsdotter said. Other stamps in the collection have an environmental theme, including depictions of Swedish mountains, lakes and forests.