Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020

26 years after being designated capital of the Olympic movement, Lausanne itself is to become an Olympic city. From 9 to 22 January 2020, it will host the third Winter Youth Olympics, the second biggest winter multisport event.

Around 1,880 athletes aged 15 to 18 from over 70 nations are expected to compete. The competitions in 16 disciplines will be held at various locations in Switzerland and France, but the center of the Games will be Lausanne. This is where the opening, awards and closing ceremonies will all be held. The mascot Yodli was designed by students from the Ecole romande d’arts et communication (ERACOM), contemporaries of the athletes. At the heart of the Games are the Olympic values: excellence (outstanding sporting performance), respect (for other people and the environment) and friendship (cultural exchange). But Swissness also plays a major role. Gender equality and sustainability will also be exemplified. The new development for the Olympic village will become the VORTEX student accommodation after the Games, and the Vaudoise Arena, the new multisport facility at Espace Malley, was already planned long beforehand and will continue to be used afterwards.

Sheetlet of 8 stamps

Winter Youth Olympic Games 2020

The Youth Olympic Games, held every four years, are divided into Summer and Winter Games, and complement the traditional Olympic Games. The history of the Youth Olympic Games does not go back that far, however.

The very first Summer Games were held as recently as 2010, and the Winter Games didn’t make their debut until 2012. Lausanne will now play host to the third edition of the Winter Games from 9 to 22 January 2020.

All competitions are accessible free of charge.

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Technical information


Philately: from 7.11.2019 to 31.12.2020 or while stocks last
Branches: from 14.11.2019 to 31.12.2020 or while stocks last


Unlimited from 14.11.2019


Offset, 4-colour; Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France


Stamps: 33 × 28 mm
Sheetlet: 192 × 115 mm (two rows of four stamps)


White stamp paper with optical brightener, matt gummed, 110 gm2


13¼ : 13½


Aurel Märki, Berne