First Printed Book in Finnish

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     In 1638 the Finnish government set up a committee to translate the Bible into good, pure Finnish that could be understood by Finns all over the country. Their work was finished in 1642, and because there was no printing press in Finland that could print the entire Bible in folio size, it was printed in Stockholm at the press of Heinrich Keyser. It was titled Biblia, Se on: coci Pyhä Ramattu suomexi, in an edition of 1,200 copies.
     The stamp was issued in 1942 to mark the 300th anniversary of the printing of the first complete Bible in Finnish. Agricola had printed his translation of the New Testament in 1548.

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