Åland Islands representation in the Parliament of Finland

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The Åland Islands are represented by a single seat in the Parliament of Finland. Whilst the rest of the Parliament is elected by proportional representation in multi-member constituencies, the islands have a single-member constituency.[1] In the event the Åland seat becomes vacant, a replacement is chosen as in other electoral districts (using the d'Hondt method), with one key difference: if a replacement is not available, a new election for the seat must be held as soon as possible. During other elections, such as presidential elections or elections for the European Parliament, the entire country of Finland, including Åland, forms a single electoral district.


The Islands first gained their own seat in 1948, since when they have been represented by the Åland Coalition, an alliance formed by all major political parties in Åland to contest national elections. They usually sit with the Swedish People's Party in parliament.[2]

List of Åland representatives[edit]

Representatives Term served
Arthur Larson 1948–1959
Elis Andersson 1959–1966
Evald Häggblom 1966–1976
Gunnar Häggblom 1976–1983
Gunnar Jansson 1983–2003
Roger Jansson 2003–2007
Elisabeth Nauclér 2007–2015
Mats Löfström 2015-


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