The Aland Islands or Aland is an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingually Swedish-speaking region of Finland that consists of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. Collectively, the islands in the archipelago form the smallest region of Finland, constituting 0.49% of its land area and 0.50% of its population.
Aland's autonomous status means that those provincial powers normally exercised by representatives of the central Finnish government are largely exercised by its own government.
Capital and largest city - Mariehamn (60o07'N 019o54'E). Population, 2011 estimate - 28,355. Currency Euro. Time zone UTC+2. Calling code +358. Internet TLD .ax.