Wednesday, 17 June 2015

ÅLAND ( Ahvenanmaa / O:land )

The Åland Islands or Åland (Swedish: Åland, Swedish pronunciation: [ˈoːland]; Finnish: Ahvenanmaa) is a region of Finland that consists of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea. It is autonomous,demilitarised and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland. 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.
Åland comprises Fasta Åland on which 90% of the population resides and a further 6,500 skerries and islands to its east. Fasta Åland is separated from the coast of Sweden by 38 kilometres (24 mi) of open water to the west. In the east, the Åland archipelago is contiguous with the Finnish Archipelago Sea. Åland's only land border is located on the uninhabited skerry of Märket, which it shares with Sweden.
Åland's autonomous status means that those provincial powers normally exercised by representatives of the central Finnish government are largely exercised by its own government.

A beautiful Airmail cover from Aland Autonomous region sent by my good friend Kimmo Liljereoos. He sent this cover as a surprise for me. Aland Philatelic bureau is perfect for cancelling stramps and delivering philatelic service for collectors.The cover posted on June 8,2015 from its capital city Mariehamn, I received safely in my hand on June 17,2015. Thank You Kimmo for the beautiful cover...

This is another beautiful cover sent by Kimmo with WWF birds stamps and perfect postmarks. The letter sent on July 22, 2014 and I received on August 02, 2014. Thank You Kimmo for the perfect covers into my collection.

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