Aland. Before the legislative elections in September, the
new party campaigned for Åland's democracy against
multiculturalism and demanded that Åland should not receive
any quota refugees, especially from so-called risk countries
like Syria. About a hundred refugees had previously been
received in Åland. According to the Social Democrats, on the
contrary, it was a fatal issue for the population to grow,
and some 60 entrepreneurs called for increased immigration.
In the Finnish parliamentary elections in April, the
Ålandic mandate had gone to the Center, but in the election
to the Åland Lagting the Liberals got the most votes. The
party increased a mandate to 7, while the Center stayed on
the same number after the loss of a mandate. Moderate
assembly and Social Democrats took 5 seats each.
As a result, the Social Democratic Land Council resigned,
and the Center disappeared from the provincial government.
New land council became Liberal Katrin Sjögren, who formed a
tripartite coalition with the Liberals, Social Democrats and
Moderate Assembly. The new government gained a majority with
17 of the Lagting's 30 seats.
During the summer, Åland received a minimum museum, a
classic telephone booth, 89 by 89 centimeters. In Vårdö
there is now the smallest museum in the landscape, where the
Åland telephone sharing team has made it possible for
visitors to call with the old coin telephone for listening
to telephone history.
During the year, French and German researchers published
an analysis of the approximately 170-year-old champagne
previously found in 168 bottles in a shipwreck in the Åland
Sea. According to the researchers, the drink was well
preserved but terribly sweet. The French champagne of fine
brand, believed to be the world's oldest preserved,
contained at least three times as much sugar as today's
champagne. The bottles had been lying in the dark at 55
meters depth in the 2–4 degree temperature since the 1840s,
according to the researchers perfect conditions.