- Transport on the Åland Islands
Ålandis an archipeligoof over 6,000 islands in the Baltic Sea. Constitutionally, it is a Swedish-speaking autonomous province of Finland. Sea travel is a vital part of Åland's economy and a major local employer. The main ports are located at the capital Mariehamn, at Berghamn and at Långnäson the east shore of Fasta Åland (the main island).
Air Ålandoperates flights from Mariehamn Airportto both Helsinki-Vantaa Airportand Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. Also Turku Air flies to Turkuthree times a week with a Piper PA-31 Navajo.
The islands have quiet roads which are much appreciated by cyclists. There are no railways on Åland, but there are
Ålandstrafikenlocal bus services operating in conjunction with the inter-island ferries.
Road vehicles registered in Åland have number plates with blue lettering starting ÅL:
Silja Lineand Viking Lineferries operating between Helsinkior Turkuand Stockholmcall briefly at Åland, at either Mariehamn or Långnäs . As well as providing useful transport links, this also permits the sale of duty-free alcohol on board the ships. This is due to Åland's special constititional status and exemption from normal European Unionrules on Value Added Taxand other tariffs, negotiated by Finland as part of talks leading to membership of the EU in 1995. Vessels must call at an Åland port to qualify.
A network of ferries operated by
Ålandstrafikenprovide inter-island services (and links with Galtby, Finland). Eckerö Linjenoperates a ferry service between Eckerö, Åland and Grisslehamn, Sweden.
* [http://www.airaland.com Air Åland]
* [http://www.alandstrafiken.ax/eng/index.htm Ålandstrafiken]
* [http://www.visitaland.com/en/travel Visit Åland website: travel information]
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