Come and celebrate Åland 100 with us!
Willfullness has been our lifeblood for well over a hundred years – we have just never celebrated it properly before. We are going to do that now, for a whole year from 9 June 2021.
The entire Åland community, residents, tourists, organisations, companies and more will participate in the celebration. You can already kick off the festivities by dancing into the anniversary year with the “Åland dances” challenge. The celebration officially begins on 9 June, when we will be building the world’s longest picnic table together. The events during the anniversary year include the big ocean race Tall Ships Races, which once again centres on Mariehamn, an opera under the auspices of the Katrina Cultural Association about the witch trials in Åland during the 17th century, and the inauguration of a new visitor centre in Bomarsund. There will be many more exciting events happening during the year. We are inviting the whole world to celebrate with us.
This page displays a list of current events and experiences connected to the celebrations.
Events 9 June
9 June The Åland Parliament's official autonomy celebration
Åland's Autonomy Day, which is celebrated on 9 June, is the day that Åland's Parliament (then the County Council) first met in 1922. Since then, the day is celebrated every year with a programme arranged by the Parliament.
During the celebrations, tributes will be paid to Åland’s first Speaker, Julius Sundblom, by the statue in the square, and a programme will be held in the Parliament’s plenary hall, where scholarships will be awarded from the 75th Anniversary of Åland’s Autonomy fund.
The 2021 – 2022 autonomy celebrations will be particularly special during the current anniversary year, which reaches its peak on June 9, 2022, when we celebrate Åland’s 100 years of autonomy.
A Celebration with Music, Food and Culture for Everyone!
We invite you to take part in the festivities for the start of the Åland 100 celebrations!
A lot of restaurant owners around Åland have composed unique dishes for this day, inspired by the unique nature of the Åland islands. We hope that you will pick your favorites and have your own picnic gathering with friends and family in the sunny weather.
Also why not explore many of the interesting Åland 100 themed art, photo, exhibitions and events during the day.
During the evening join in the livestream with guests, artists and performances, where the celebration continues!
Follow the 9th of June celebrations through Ålandstidningens live stream, Steel FM's broadcast and on the Åland Summer App.
For the latest updates, info, programs and adventures leading up to the 9th of June, follow the event on Facebook 9 Juni – Åland Firar!
Ålandic rug art by Marthadistriktet
Marthorna want to pay tribute to all the diligent women of Åland Islands by an installation of traditional rug art.
The installation will be showcased in självstyrelseparken (the autonomy park) on Autonomy Day 2021. Traditionally red rugs are put out during festive occasions, but the willful ladies of Martha are going to put out 100 rugs to start off the year of celebrating 100 years of self-government.
A gift into the future - opening concert
The concert is being held in relation to Anders Wiklöf’s generous donation of a Steinway D-274 grand piano to Åland Islands and Alandica in honor of celebrating 100 years of self-government.
The opening concert will be broadcasted on the local radio station and TV channel (Ålands radio and Ålandskanalen).
Celebrate Åland Islands’ Autonomy Day all around the island!
Celebrate Åland 100 in the archipelago. We welcome you to celebrate the start of the anniversary year at Carlsro in Degerby.
15:00-17:00 at the fire department’s building in Degerby.
Dance course for all ages and for everyone who wants to jazz, move and enjoy the music. At 16:00-17:00 you can try Lindy hop with dance instructors from Mildreds dance academy.
17:30 Åland Islands’ flag is going to be raised at Carlsro with a sing-along of the traditional song Ålänningens sång. Shortly after, the jazz band Red Beans and Rice will perform and everyone are invited to dance in the garden.
Ålandstrafiken’s ferry from Svinö to Degerby departs 14:30 from Svinö. Red Beans and Rice splays until the ferry departs from Degerby at 21:05. For more info, see Ålandstrafiken’s timetable for Föglölinjen.
Please make reservations beforehand if you wish to eat dinner at Carlsro, otherwise you can enjoy traditional Ålandic pancake and beverages on the Terrace.
In case of compromising weather, the event will be moved to the fire department’s building in Degerby, Föglö.
Traditional celebration of self-government with dancing at Jan Karlsgården 19:00.
Speech by Andreas Johansson, entry march with banners, folk dance and musical performance by SeaSide Singers. The celebration continues at Smakbyn with coffee, cake and performance by Dur-rackarna.
Celebration of self-government by Garantiföreningen för Matsmårs
Gathering at Flaggberget 13:00.
Raising of the Ålandic flag, welcoming speech by the chairman, sing-along of the traditional song Ålänningens sång and free catering.
Art stroll in Mariehamn
Take a stroll in the city centre of Mariehman and experience art outside in wonderful nordic summertime.
Sculpture exhibition Mariehamns stad
20 sculptures in various sizes by Swedish, Finnish and Ålandic artists in the city centre of Mariehamn 10.6-22.8.2021. The sculptures are located in areas like Miramarplatsen and the park behind Ålands konstmuseum, in the city centre and some can be located indoors.
Photo exhibition with Ålandic motives by Obscura
Obscura’s members are showcasing their work in Esplanaden in Mariehamn, between Åland’s Maritime Museum and Sankt Görans Church. The exhibition will take place during the whole year of celebration, 9.6.2021-9.6.2022.
Are you interested in art and history? During the celebratory year many exhibitions within the theme of Åland 100 will take place. These include everything from art to nostalgic cultural history. See all exhibitions that will take place during Autonomy Day here:
Summer exhibition: Föglö Export: The brothers-in-law Haddon and Warner
Åland’s First Member of Parliament (1924-1930)
Art Exhibition by Lars Lerin
Bland antenner och pistiller (Ålandic nature)
Ålands Kulturhistoriska museum
Vernissage Versus Lux: Paintings by Veronica Österman
Vernissage “Jag lever än – Livet som jag minns det”
Ålands Kulturhistoriska Museum och Lumparlands Teaterförening r.f.
Åland, vårt Åland – from Anders August Jansson to Kerttu Ekendahl
Vernissage Sjömännens beskyddarinnor
Felicia Lindbäck och Nordens Institut på Åland
8 June Bärkraftmöte (sustainability meeting)
The sustainability meeting is the Bärkraft.ax network's annual meeting place. Bärkraft.ax is a development and sustainability agenda for Åland that works for a more sustainable society.
The goal of Bärkraft.ax is to create a sustainable Åland by the year 2051 so that everyone – nature and people – can benefit and thrive. Together we strive to achieve the vision that everyone can flourish in a viable society on the islands of peace.
9 June Åland Writes
Creative writing is a form of freedom. That is why we think that Åland’s autonomous journey, which will have lasted a full 100 years by 2022, should be celebrated precisely by writing.
Writing can be a way to sort out your thoughts, give vent to your emotions, enjoy the language or let your imagination roam free – or maybe you simply want to tell a story. Regardless of why we write, the written words build a bridge between us and the world around us by documenting something – a moment, a memory, a thought or a feeling – before it disappears. Words can help us remember, create or change the world. And although words can also divide people, everyone who writes is to some extent consumed by the same zeal: to get something said.
In the context of Åland 100, the Åland Cultural Delegation and the county’s literature committee will advertise the “Åland Writes” short story competition during February 2021. The competition will be for all Ålanders and people with a connection to Åland who will have turned 18 before 9 June 2022.
See more information about how to take part in the writing competition at: https://www.regeringen.ax/demokrati-hallbarhet/aland-100-ar/aland-skriver-novelltavling-2021-2022
We hope that you will want to enhance our Åland community and give the anniversary year a boost by writing a short story!
9 June Issue of anniversary stamps and coins
Åland Post will draw attention to Åland 100 with the issue of a new stamp on 9 June 2021, designed by Jonas Wilén.
The stamp can be seen as Åland’s way forward through history and depicts how we gained our autonomy from the petition of 1917 to the opening of the County Council in 1922. Lantråd (Head of Government) stamps will also be issued featuring the four women who have held the post of Lantråd.
Ulrika Kjeldsen won the design competition with her contribution OUR WAY and her design is brought to life as the Åland’s 100 years of Autonomy anniversary coin – a silver coin with a nominal value of 20 euros. It depicts important symbols of Åland’s cultural identity: the golden eagle, the sailing ship, the deer, fish, birds and the midsummer crown.
15-18 July: The Lisbeta Opera
The Katrina Cultural Association’s production about the witch trials in Åland in the 1660s. The opera is a musical feast where 17th-century women accused of witchcraft take control of the logic of hate rhetoric. For Åland’s 100th Autonomy Anniversary, the Katrina Cultural Association gives Lisbeta and her companions in misfortune a voice through a freshly written, modern opera. The opera is only being put on three times, so buy your ticket in good time!Read more
22-25 July: The Tall Ships Races
The Tall Ships Races is an ocean race, organised by Sail Training International, that is held every year, between different ports around the world. In 2021, Mariehamn will once again be the host city for the Tall Ships Races. The event in Mariehamn takes place from Thursday 22 July to Sunday 25 July. One purpose of the competition is to bring together young people from different countries, who act as trainees on the ships. At the moment, about 50 ships are registered for the Tall Ships Races Mariehamn.Read more
13 August: Cultures Night
The Cultures Night is arranged by Åland Museum and takes place at the same time as the city of Mariehamn and the local Emmaus member organsiation celebrate Culture Night. Culture Night is a large folk festival in central Mariehamn where you can wander from stage to stage and take part in music, dance, art, street art, arts and crafts sales, literature, performances and exhibitions.Read more
28 August - 1 September: ReGeneration Week
A sustainable society requires increased cooperation across national borders and between different generations. That is why ReGeneration endeavours to engage young people in our region to jointly create action plans that have an impact both locally and in the entire region. Every year, young people gather at a summit, which is usually held in Mariehamn. The summit is a way to meet other young people who are committed to sustainability. ReGeneration Week is an expanded version of the movement's annual summit.Read more
17-19 September: Harvest Festival
Skördefesten är höstens höjdpunkt på Åland och den åländska matkulturens motor och bultande hjärta. Under tre härliga septemberdagar kan du njuta av den åländska landsbygden mitt i rikaste skördetid, lära dig om livet på landet, handla direkt från producenterna och äta fantastiskt god mat baserad på lokala och säsongsbaserade råvaror.Read more
Are you interested in art and history? During the anniversary year, there will be many exhibitions on the theme of Åland’s 100 years. These will include everything from art to nostalgic exhibitions of cultural history. See all exhibitions that will be on during the Åland 100 celebrations by clicking on the link below.Read more
Åland is an international source of inspiration for peaceful conflict management, as can be seen in the seminars that are being organised during the anniversary year. One aim is for the anniversary to enable Åland to be internationally recognised as islands of democracy, peace and sustainability and to enhance Åland as a meeting place for peace and climate conferences, but other international summits as well. Read about current seminars scheduled for the anniversary year by clicking on the link below.Read more
The 100th anniversary will also feature literature that is being published on the same theme. This will include the launch of Daniel Eriksson’s and Petter Lobråten’s book “An illustrated book about Åland”, the aim of the book being to find what is beautiful on our island and describe how it feels to live in or visit Åland. Click on the link to see a list of all literature published during the anniversary year.Read more
Take up the challenge and spread joy with dance and music! The Nordic Institute in Åland (NIPÅ) has the pleasure of presenting a completely new song and dance, which we hope as many people as possible will want to learn during the Åland 100 year.
Learn the steps, dance, film and post on social media with the hashtags #alanddansar # aland100. The choreography is arranged so that there is a simpler version and a slightly more advanced version, depending on how much of a challenge you want.
More info is available on NIPÅ’s website where you can also watch and listen to the official Åland 100 song and dance: https://www.nipa.ax/sv/kalender/aland-dansar
My Footprint – theme for the school year
Schools and daycare centres are encouraged to flag up the celebration of Åland's hundred years as an autonomous landscape in their activities and teaching.
Together, the children, pupils and students will carry out theme-based lessons, create exhibitions, organise parties and activities and watch films connected with the theme.
In addition to the educational units’ own celebrations, there is also the opportunity to draw attention to Åland 100 by participating in My Footprint. My Footprint is an overarching theme and is aimed at childcare activities, primary and lower secondary schools, provincial schools and the university. The idea with My Footprint is to give children, pupils and students the opportunity to reflect on Åland 100 and imagine where their own footprint will be seen when Åland celebrates its 125th anniversary while at the same time having the opportunity to be creative.
- King of Åland Musical
- Music for everyone
- The Head of Goverment’s reception (100 days to go) 2 March 2022
- Kastelholm Talks on Peace, Åland Islands Peace Institute 30 March 2022
- Åland Flag Day 24 April 2022
- Fanny Sundström monologue 8 May 2022
- Bärkraftsmöte (sustainability meeting) “Åland 100 edition” 8 May 2022
- Maritime Day 12 May 2022
- The Parliament’s official programme with invited guests 9 June 2022
- Bomarsund Visitor Centre will be inaugurated on 9 June 2022
- Writing competition award ceremony 9 June 2022
- Devil’s Dance in Skarpans Opera 10 June 2022
- Children’s and Young People’s Day 10 June 2022
- Associations’ and companies’ activity day 11 June 2022
- Church service, bell ringing and flower laying 12 June 2022