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.

Åland Dances

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.

Events 9 June

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 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.

9 June The world's longest line of picnic tables

As island-dwellers, we are used to looking after ourselves – we have been doing that for almost 100 years! Now, together, we are going to achieve a world record by building the world's longest line of picnic tables.

The banquet table will be built on Österleden in Mariehamn where we hope to break the world record in the Guinness World Records. Take part in a folk festival packed with food, Åland artists, dance performances and other entertainment programmes!

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.

Events 2021

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Exhibitions

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.

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Seminars

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.

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Published Literature

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.

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Events 2022

January

  • King of Åland Musical

February

  • Music for everyone

March

  •  The Head of Goverment’s reception (100 days to go) 2 March 2022
  • Kastelholm Talks on Peace, Åland Islands Peace Institute 30 March 2022

April

  • Åland Flag Day 24 April 2022

May

  • Fanny Sundström monologue 8 May 2022
  • Bärkraftsmöte (sustainability meeting) “Åland 100 edition” 8 May 2022
  • Maritime Day 12 May 2022

June

  • 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

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