Aland. In the Finnish presidential elections in January,
the Swedish-speaking Ålanders voted across with the country
Swedish People's Party candidate Eva Biaudet got close to
40% in Åland, compared to 2.7 in Finland. Social Democrats
Paavo Lipponen, who defended the position of the Swedish
language in Finland, received 24.7% of the votes of the
Ålanders but only 6.7% in the entire country. The winner of
the presidential election, the Sauli Niinistö Collection
Party, received 37% of all Finns' votes but 21.7% of the
In March, the Lagting debated the issue of Finnish place
names on the Survey of Finland's maps of Åland. The
provincial government demanded that they be removed, so that
the maps were only Swedish-speaking just like the landscape.
The work said no and was then notified to JO for the use of
Finnish names such as Ahvenanmaa (Åland) and Maarianhamina
(Mariehamn) alongside the Swedish.
The City of Mariehamn discussed during the year to
abandon the free bus service it has had for twelve years.
The annual number of passengers had increased from 96,000 at
the time of the charge to almost 290,000. The free bus
service cost € 800,000 in 2011.
In November, the provincial government presented a budget
with a deficit of close to EUR 6 million, just over SEK 50
million. The governing bodies proposed cuts mainly in health
care but also in archipelago traffic.
At the beginning of the year, it was found that in the
past year, Åland had the largest net move-in in almost four
decades. Of the 950 people who moved in, almost half came
from Sweden. At year-end, the number of residents in Åland