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.
Wreck Diving in Åland
Åland’s archipelago is host to a large amount of well preserved shipwrecks since the brackish/low salinity and cool Baltic Sea protects the wrecks from shipworms. If you’d like to come and visit – below or above the surface – Destination Åland might be able to help out with your travel arrangements.