Åland FAQ

How many people live in Åland?

Åland had 29,884 residents as of December 31, 2019, comprised of 11,679 residents in Mariehamn, 16,148 in the country, and 2,057 in the archipelago.

How many islands does Åland have?

There are 6,757 islands with a size of at least 0.25 hectares. In addition, there are around 20,000 smaller islands and skerries.

How many tourists visit Åland?

2019 saw over 389,000 overnight stays in Åland’s hotels, guest homes, campsites and holiday villages. Not included is the significant amount of stays in smaller facilities and private cottages.

How high is unemployment in Åland?

The unemployment rate in Åland was 3.5 per cent as of 2019. Relative unemployment rate normally sits at two-four per cent. During the recession of the 1990’s, the rate was nine per cent at its highest.

How dependent is Åland on shipping?

In 2017, shipping accounted for 17 per cent of Åland’s GDP and over 6 per cent of its employment. Almost 950 of those living in Åland are employed within sea transport. Furthermore, there are ca 1,500 employees living in Finland who work in Åland-registered sea vessels owned by Åland shipping companies.

What proportion of Åland’s population were born outside of Åland?

Over a third of the inhabitants were born outside of Åland. Most come from Finland and Sweden, but with time more are moving in from non-Nordic countries. Åland has migrants from a total of 100 different countries.

How high is Åland’s voter turnout?

2019’s election saw a turnout of 69.7 percent. This is low from a Nordic perspective, lowest if one compares the latest parliamentary votes in the North.

How many cars are there in Åland?

There are over 24,700 private cars, or 830 cars per 1,000 people. This gives Åland the highest car density in the Nordic countries.

How large is Åland’s GDP?

In 2017, the gross domestic product’s value in current market prices amounted to ca 1.3 billion euros, which constitutes ca 45,000 euro/capita. In comparison to 2016, this translates to an increase of about 46 million euros.

Where do Ålanders study?

In the fall of 2019, Åland had just over 1,000 students at upper secondary level, along with almost 500 students at the Åland University of Applied Sciences and 80 students in other education including students with domiciles outside Åland. Throughout 2019, there were over 170 Ålanders studying at upper secondary level outside of Åland, as well as almost 1,200 pursuing higher learning and just over 50 receiving other education. Of those studying outside Åland, almost 62 per cent went to Sweden, 33 per cent went to Finland, and almost 5 percent were divided over about twenty other countries.

How does the housing standard look in Åland?

Only seven per cent of the households in Åland are overcrowded. The average housing area per person is 47 square metres. Over 65 per cent of the residences were constructed in or after 1970. During the 21st century, almost 200 new residences have been built annually.

What does electricity supply look like in Åland?

Of the total electricity acquisition of 313 GWh in 2019, 76 per cent was imported from Sweden and 4 per cent from Finland, with the remaining 20 per cent having been produced on Åland using wind power and bio energy.

What does the consumption of culture look like on Åland?

The statistics show, for example, that over 379,000 loans occurred from the 16 communal libraries in 2019. This translates to just under 13 loans per inhabitant. 40-60 books are published in Åland every year, of which 10-20 per cent are fiction. In 2019, over 186,000 visits were made to the six bigger museums.

Is the archipelago being depopulated?

The six archipelago municipalities show a somewhat depleting population trend. The number of inhabitants in the 21st century has increased certain years and decreased other years. On average, the archipelago population in the period of 2000-2019 has decreased each year by 15 people, or 0.6 per cent.