go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

Introducing Mariehamn

Two out of every five Ålanders live in Mariehamn and, with the lagting (parliament) and the landskapsstyrelse (Åland’s government) both located here, it’s the biggest smoke in the islands.

The town was christened by Alexander II after the Empress Maria. Its broad tree-lined streets are indicative of its Russian heritage, and gave Mariehamn its nickname: town of a thousand linden trees.

Mariehamn’s peninsula location has given it a unique strategic importance, with the ports on either side traditionally used for ship-building and repairs. Today the ports welcome regular ferries from both Finland and Sweden, whose residents take advantage of Åland’s extra-EU status to buy duty-free goods – at least, in summer. Outside high season, you may have the place to yourself.