Åland’s strategic position in the Baltic Sea has always attracted people, navigation, and not least great powers. This has contributed to these islands’ exciting and eventful history and has led to Åland’s demilitarisation and special political status. Now the Åland Islands are referred to the Islands of Peace. Here we enjoy a peaceful life and we invite you to the wonderful experiences and opportunities offered by the archipelago. Maritime Mariehamn is Åland’s capital and the only town on the islands. Here you will find most of the restaurants, pavement cafés, shops and museums. Mariehamn is worthwhile visiting. Stroll down the lime tree lined streets running through the town from the Eastern to the Western harbours. Handicraft of all kinds is on sale and kite surfers fly across the waves of the Slemmern Bay next to the town centre.