Typical summer landscape from #Aland Island in #Skandinavia
Åland, Finland - The Åland Islands or Åland is an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingually Swedish-speaking region of Finland that consists of an archipealgo lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Åland's autonomous status means that those provincial powers normally exercised by representatives of the central Finnish government are largely exercised by its own government.
Kastelholm Castle, Åland Islands
Archipelago Sea (Finnish Saaristomeri, Swedish Skärgårdshavet) is a part of the Baltic Sea between the Gulf of Bothnia, the Gulf of Finland and the Sea of Åland, within Finnish territorial waters. By some definitions it contains the largest archipelago (island group) in the world by the number of islands, although many of the islands are very small and tightly clustered.
The Åland Islands Åland is a demilitarised, Swedish-speaking autonomous region of Finland. Here are some interesting tidbits about Åland: Åland has its own parliament (Ålands lagting) and government (Ålands landskapsregering) Mariehamn – the one and only town – is the the ‘capital’ of Åland. Swedish is the only official language in Åland. Åland has its own coat of arms, flag, anthem, stamps, license plates, and top level domain (.ax). For more about Åland check the Wikipedia page.
Trade, Urban life, Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland. Photo Johannes Jansson