This Autumn, just moments before the Ruska season strikes, I went to Åland Islands and explored in exactly 34 hours, the northern parts of the main Island. In total Åland has 6.700 named islands and another 20.000 islets.
Geographically it is located almost exactly in the middle of the sea between Finland and Sweden. But also cultural it’s a mix and match between Finnish and Swedish customs.
Since 1921, Åland belongs to Finland, but it remains autonomous and is the only mono-lingual area in Finland, where Swedish is spoken exclusively. Together with Finland, they joined the European Union in 1995. Time and money is the same as in Finland, but still, the Åland Islands could preserve their Swedish culture and charm.