Aland. Åland's plans for a large expansion of wind power
went unnoticed when the Helsinki government in February
withdrew a pledge of approximately half a billion SEK in
state aid to the landscape. The project would have given
Åland a near 70 per cent supply with wind power compared to
just over 20% today.
Helsinki also said no to the province's request for an
increase in the so-called lump sum, which is the state's
repayment of tax revenue coming from Åland. The two
decisions provoked outrage at Åland and deteriorated the
relationship between the provincial government and Helsinki.
Åland experienced a historic sporting success in October,
when IFK Mariehamn's men's team became Finnish champions in
football for the first time in the club's nearly
The provincial government came into crisis in October
since the dismissed chairman of the board of the Åland ATM
Association, Paf, which runs the landscape's legal gaming
monopoly. In his role as a local politician, the Chairman
had made statements against the reception of refugees in his
municipality, which the provincial government considered
disturbed Paf's brand. The opposition accused the government
of violating the constitution and over-freedom of opinion.
In November, the Center, Unbound Collection and the future
of Åland aroused distrust in the Lagting against the head of
government, Liberal Land Council Katrin Sjögren. However,
the disbelief fell by 17 votes to 12.