Tuesday, 27 May 2014

My first postcard from Åland Islands

Åland Islands
12 May, 2014 | From Mikaela of Åland Islands

The Åland Islands is an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingually Swedish-speaking region of Finland that consists of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Collectively, the islands in the archipelago form the smallest region of Finland.

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.

Mikaela shared that they are Finnish citizens, but they are mainly called "ålänningar" = åländers. People who have Swedish as their mothertongue in Finland are called Finno-Swedes which has nothing to do with the country/nationality Sweden. It just means that they are Finnish people who speak Swedish. The mainland people have a different accent than theirs.

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