Across the Åland Islands – Part 2

At the bridge near Godby, I was interested in the three flags flying at the café – Swedish, Ålandic and Norwegian. The Ålandic flag has a red cross over a yellow cross on a blue background. I saw these colours quite often being used in different ways. The flag at the cafe had prime position, reflecting the locals’ insistence on the Åland Islands being as independent as possible given their important geographic position in the Baltic Sea.  Officially, the islands belong to Finland but the dominant language is Swedish. The islanders have their own parliament, flag, stamps, number plates and even their own agreement with the EU which allows them to be a duty-free zone between Sweden and Finland. 

Midsummer is a really big deal in Scandinavia. In the Åland Islands, the people have a big community gathering where they decorate a Midsummer Pole and stand it up in a central place within the community. The pole stands there for the whole year until it's taken down and replaced with a new one at the next Midsummer festival.

There were some quite unusual signposts. I think someone has forgotten to update these ones or it's a sneaky way of teaching fractions to the kids.

The dates on this gravestone had me pondering for a while. I think Jakob lived from the 14th June, 1833 to the 17th January, 1915.

My favourite two sights - a row of letterboxes and an island called Snäckö. Now it’s not possible to be near a place with a name like that and not go there so I went. I have a selfie of me in front of the recycling shed to prove it. Why the recycling shed? It was the only name sign I could find.