Åland (former province of Finland)

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Province of Åland
Ahvenanmaan lääni
Ålands län
Province of Finland


Coat of arms of Åland

Coat of arms

Capital Mariehamn
 •  Established 1918
 •  Disestablished 2009
 •  1 January 1993 1,552 km2 (599 sq mi)
 •  1 January 1993 24,993 
Density 16.1 /km2  (41.7 /sq mi)
 •  31 December 2009 27,732 
Density 17.9 /km2  (46.3 /sq mi)

The Province of Åland (Finnish: Ahvenanmaan lääni, Swedish: Ålands län) was a province of Finland from 1918 to 2009.

The State Provincial Office on the Åland Islands (Länsstyrelsen på Åland) represented the Finnish central government on the Åland Islands between 1918 and 2009. Due to its autonomy, it had somewhat different functions than similar offices in other Provinces of Finland. Generally a State Provincial Office was a joint regional authority of seven different ministries of the Government of Finland. In Åland the State Provincial Office also represented a set of other authorities of the central government, which in mainland-Finland has separate bureaucracies. On the other hand duties, which on mainland-Finland were handled by the provincial offices, were transferred to the autonomous government of Åland.

Along with the abolition of all provinces of Finland, the Åland State Provincial Office was replaced by the State Department of Åland in 2009.

Municipalities in 2009 (cities in bold)[edit]


Coordinates: 60°15′N 20°00′E / 60.250°N 20.000°E / 60.250; 20.000