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Useful Notes: Åland Islands
The Åland Islands (pronounced somewhat like "oh-land", Ahvenanmaa in Finnish, Landskapet Åland in Swedish) is an autonomous region of Finland consisting of an archipelago (a main island plus about 6,500 smaller islands and skerries) with roughly 28,700 inhabitants. Åland is by law fully demilitarized, as reflected in its motto ("Islands of Peace").

Although the islands officially belong to Finland, Swedish is the sole official language. During the early 20th century, the vast majority of the population considered themselves Swedish, but over the course of a century an increasing number of Ålanders have come to feel more comfortable with being a part of the eastern country for a variety of reasons.

The majority of Åland's economy revolves around shipping, trade, and tourism, unsurprising for an archipelago right between Sweden and Finland. At one point Åland actually had the largest fleet of windjammer sailing ships in the world, and they have always produced excellent sailors.
The flag of Åland
Åland has a Nordic Cross flag, like all countries in the region (a layout introduced by the Danish Dannebrog), specifically the Swedish flag defaced with a red cross evoking the coat of arms of Finland. Åland's coat of arms is a golden red deer on a blue field, the result of a mixup with the similar coat of arms of the similar-sounding Swedish island of Öland.

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