Aland. The year began with a devastating storm over
Åland, where the highest wind force measured in Finland came
at 32.5 meters per second and over 42 in the villages. The
electricity was switched off, the Åland radio was silenced
and the storm Alfrida was followed by forest clearing which
led to a death.
The October election was a victory for the opposition.
The center progressed strongly and became the largest party
with close to 28% of the vote and 9 seats. The Liberals,
Moderates and Social Democrats who ruled together all went
back. Center leader Veronica Thörnroos was elected as a new
county council with 22 of the team's 30 seats. She formed a
new provincial government with the Center, Moderates,
Unbound Collection and the new Environment and Climate Party
Sustainable initiative. The coalition had 19 of the
Lagting's 30 seats.