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Coordinates: 60°07′01″N 19°54′00″E 60.117, 19.9

�land Islands

The land Islands (Swedish pronunciation Finnish Ahvenanmaa) form an archipelago in the Baltic Sea. It is situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia and forms an autonomous, demilitarized, monolingually Swedish-speaking administrative province, region and historical province of Finland. It is the smallest province of Finland, comprising 0.5% of Finland's population and 0.49% of land area.The islands consist of the main island Fasta land (literally "Firm land"), where 90% of the population resides, and an archipelago to the east that consists of over 6,500 skerries and islands. Fasta land is separated from the coast of Sweden by forty kilometres (twenty-five miles) of open water to the west. In the east, the land archipelago is virtually contiguous with the Finnish Archipelago Sea. land's only land border is located on the uninhabited skerry of Mrket, which it shares with Sweden.Due to land's autonomous status, the powers exercised at the provincial level by representatives of the central state administration in the rest of Finland are largely exercised by the Government of land in land.[1]


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