Turku is located on the south west coast of Finland and is the home town of my sender. It will be the European Capital of Culture in 2011. Turku is the oldest city in the country and was the capital, until Finland became part of the Russian Empire in 1809, and then the capital moved to Helsinki.
This neatly links to the pretty envelope my Postcrosser sent me, on which was part of a miniature set of stamps
The person depicted in the stamp is Count Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt (1757-1814) who was chairman of the Committee for Finnish Affairs and is considered one of the fathers of Finnish independence. Also on the card itself there was
Thank you Jassica for the wonderful stamps and card.