Events marking the 100th anniversary of Åland’s autonomy

The jubilee year began on 9 June 2021

The official centennial celebrations began on Åland's Autonomy Day on 9 June 2021. The programme included an event at the statue of Julius Sundblom, a central actor in building the Åland self-government after the decision of the League of Nations, and an evening concert to mark the beginning of the anniversary year

The Ministry of the Interior recommends flying the flag on Åland’s Autonomy day even on Mainland Finland. The flag will be flying to celebrate the centennial jubilee on 9 June in 2021 and 2022. 

Hundred years since League of Nations decision

On 24 June 2021, it was 100 years since the League of Nations granted Åland an autonomous status.

Finland and Sweden ratified the decision, according to which Åland would belong to Finland and be granted an autonomous status on 27 June 1921.

The Prime Minister's Office and the National Archives of Finland organised an event — “100 Years Since the League of Nations Decision” — which included Allan Rosas' keynote speech and a panel discussion with historians and self-government experts on the background and significance of the League of Nations decision, from both historical and present day perspectives.

The event is available on the Government's YouTube channel

Read the keynote speech

Cities in Mainland Finland invited to join the anniversary year — July seminar in Hamina

A seminar was held in Hamina to mark the beginning of Åland’s anniversary year celebrations in Finnish coastal towns. A summer seminar — “Åland 100 in Hamina / Åland 100 i Fredrikshamn”  — took place at Hamina Bastion on 7 July. Watch the live stream of the event on 7 July. The new Oolannin puisto (Åland Park) was opened at this event and a gigantic Åland flag was flown in a 100 metre high flagpole.

History, self-government, democracy, and the importance of demilitarisation — inter-disciplinary seminars  

Autumn 2021 and spring 2022 will see numerous celebratory seminars being held on the theme of the anniversary of Åland. The seminars are being organised by both public and private bodies:

Several international seminars will also be held throughout the anniversary year:

  • On 8 December 2022, the closing conference of the research project on Nordic self-governing regions will be held in Copenhagen / the Nordic Council, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, and the Government of Åland.
  • On 7 February 2022, the international closing seminar for the anniversary of Åland’s autonomy will be held in The Hague / the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the Government of Åland

The Åland Week in schools — March 2022

All schools in Finland will celebrate the Åland Week from 21 to 25 March 2022. The National Archives of Finland, Hanaholmen's Svenska Nu project, the Finnish national agency of Education, the National Museum, Visit Åland and Pohjola-Norden will produce materials and programmes on a variety of Åland themes for teachers, ranging from history and cuisine to economics and culture. The Prime Minister's Office will be cooperating with the organisations involved.

Culmination of the anniversary year — June 2022

The anniversary year will culminate in June 2022. Plenty of events will be taking place in Åland itself, as well as in Mainland Finland and all over the world.

In June, everyone will be invited to clean up beaches and other natural environments to celebrate Åland’s anniversary. Waterways and seas are something we all share and cherish. These efforts will be our gift to everyone in Åland and beyond, both for today and for the future, and will help promote the themes highlighted by Åland’s anniversary.  

For one week, from 6 to 12 June 2022, you are invited to take part in a cleaning campaign built around the UN World Water Day on 8 June and Åland’s Autonomy Day on 9 June. Share your participation and congratulate Åland on social media using #Åland100. Everyone is invited to get involved — organisations, associations, businesses, individuals, and even groups of friends or colleagues.

Information on the programme for the Åland anniversary year

The organising committee for the Åland anniversary year maintains and updates the events calendar for the anniversary year on its website

Links to further information, materials and previous events

This summary of events and the events themselves are subject to change. 
More detailed information about the events and celebrations as well as links and recordings will be added to this page.