Aland. Regular air services between Mariehamn and
Stockholm, which were closed down in 2001, were resumed in
January by a smaller Swedish company.
At the beginning of the year, the ┼land Landscape Board
issued clearing signs for flights over ┼ in the framework of
the OSCE's so-called Open Skies project. The decision
sparked a debate about whether the overflows are detrimental
to ┼'s demilitarization.
┼'s special position as a Swedish-speaking landscape in
Finland was also discussed during the year and the Landscape
Board noted increased difficulties in communicating with the
authorities in Helsinki in Swedish.
Before the legislature took a summer break, the
opposition demanded distrust of the Landscape Board. The
governing parties, the ┼land Center and the Liberals, were
accused of mismanaging the economy and risking increasing
budget deficits that threatened welfare. However, the
Autonomous Government won the vote and gained continued
confidence in its policy.
The popular ┼land spring hunt for seabirds was drawn
during the year before the EU court. The European Commission
believes that too many birds are being shot.
The Government of Finland and the ┼land Landscape Board
proposed amendments to the Self-Government Act. means that
the president no longer has to preview certain laws that are
decided by the legislation on ┼.
┼'s running boy Janne HolmÚn wrote the history of ┼land
sports when he surprisingly took gold in the marathon in
August at the European Championships in Munich.