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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ALAND ISLANDS - My 193rd Country Visitor

193th Country Visitor
ALAND ISLANDs
The 193rd country to visit my Blog comes from ALAND ISLANDS - a rare name I've never heard before.
Thank you for visiting my Blog, whoever you are....and please do visit again.
Let's learn something about this country.

The Åland Islands or Åland 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. That's what Wikipedia says...
Åland comprises Fasta Aland ("Main Island", on which 90% of the population resides) and a further 6,500 skerries and islands to its east. Fasta Åland is separated from the coast of Sweden by 38 kilometres (24 miles) of open water to the west. In the east, the Åland archipelago is contiguous with the Finnish Archipelago Sea. Åland's only land border is located on the uninhabited skerry of Market, which it shares with Sweden.
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.

Facts and figures:
Population: 28,007 (2010)
Capital: Mariehamn 
Dialing code: 358
Currency: Euro
National anthem: Song of the Ålander
Official language: Swedish Language
Land area: 1,553 km
Arable land: 139 km square
National day: 9th June

Some photos to share:
 location of Aland Islands
Mariehamn, capital of Aland Islands
 photo by www.fanpop.com
photo by www.wellcoming.com
 stamps and coins - Aland Islands.
 Air Aland.

Have a nice day.... 

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