Information is provided at the beginning of each country, covering history, early stamp issues and currency changes, this information is designed to aid the collector in identifying their stamps and also to provide an historical reference for the stamp listings.
Apart from the stamps of the current issuing countries, the Stanley Gibbons Finland and Sweden Catalogue covers a number of other areas of interest:
- Finnish Occupation of Aunus
- Finnish Occupation of Eastern Karelia
- North Ingermanland