Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute

Hamngatan 4
AX-22100 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
Tel. +358 18 15570
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the Åland Example


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Within the framework of its projects or upon demand the Åland Islands Peace Institute organizes lectures, workshops and courses for local and international target groups. These course activities relate to our areas of expertise:

  • The Åland Example
  • Autonomy
  • Minority rights
  • Demilitarization and security policy
  • Peace work and conflict management
  • Democracy and equality
  • Human Rights
  • Gender equality

Updated information on past and upcoming events can be found online at www.peace.ax and on facebook. Are you or your organization interested in a lecture, course or workshop within these areas, tailor-made to suit your needs and interests? Contact training coordinator Susann Simolin at susann(a)peace.ax.


E-course on territorial autonomy and the Åland Example

2014-12-16 11:37:00

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The Åland Islands Peace Institute together with the Open University on Åland offers since 2015 a university-level e-course on territorial autonomy, with the Åland Example as a main case study.

The course is an introduction to territorial autonomy, in theory and practice, and the so-called “Åland Example”. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a broad academic framework for discussing territorial autonomy from different perspectives, among others against the background of concepts such as self-determination, power-sharing, regional integration and minority rights

A new round of the course will be given autumn 2020 (19.10.2020 – 08.01.2021)

Application by: 25.09.2020

Register by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the following information: 1. the course name, 2. your full name, 3. birth date, 4. address, 5. E-mail-address, 6. highest/latest university degree/qualification.

Course description 2020 in pdf, here.

Course flyer as of 2018, in pdf here

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Education for girl and boy group leaders Sept. 7 to 8

2013-09-13 09:36:41

The Åland Islands Peace Institute organizes in collaboration with Folkhälsan on Åland a training for new girl and boy group leaders.

The training will be held on 7-8 September between 9 a.m and 16 p.m at Folkhälsans Allaktivitetshus in Mariehamn, Åland. The education is free of charge and the age limit is 18 years. The training is aimed at people who are interested in leading a girl or boy group for at least one semester, starting in autumn 2013. Remuneration to Group leaders is offered. Application deadline is August 30.

Read more (in Swedish) at www.folkhalsan.fi.

Registration and questions can be addressed to Malin Söderberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Välkommen på workshopledarutbildning i Fair Sex!

2013-06-03 11:07:31

Den 18-19 juni 2013bjuder projektet Fair Sex in till workshopledarutbildning. Vi vänder oss främst till dig som är intresserad av att hålla workshopar för elever under hösten 2013, men även andra intresserade är välkomna i mån av plats. Utbildare är tidigare projektledare Ulrika Navier och projektassistent Liselott Lindén.

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Study visit from Africa to Åland

2013-05-28 10:25:17

On 27.5.2013 the ÅIPI held a seminar for a group of some 20 participants from regional Organizations in Africa about the Åland Example. The group came to Åland for a study visit arranged within the International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa (PASA). The course is financed by Swedish SIDA, and organized by the Institution for Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, in co-operation with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the Swedish company Indevelop. The same course but with other participants, visited Åland also in 2012.

The Director of the ÅIPI Ass.Prof. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, researcher Sarah Stephan and information officer Susann Simolin presented experiences and lessons learned from the Åland Example and how those can be relevant for peace work both at an international and at a local level.

Mote information about the PASA-course can be found here: http://www.pcr.uu.se/education/pasa/


Call: Workshop on Democracy in September 2013

2013-05-01 12:04:40

We are hereby inviting papers for the workshop ”Ideas and Realities of Democracy”, the third international workshop of The Civic Constellation Project to be held in Mariehamn on Åland 26-27 September 2013. This is a cooperation between scientists from across the social sciences. We invite proposals dealing with the workshop themes and which can be addressed from a number of disciplines and academic traditions of enquiry, from theoretical, historical, methodological and empirical views. Deadline for papers is 5th of May. Please forward the call to anyone interested. 

Download more information in pdf here.

The Red Cross organizes a Course for Youth Delegates

2011-03-03 13:05:05

rodakorset22-27 May the Red Cross is organizing a course for youth delegates in Heinola, Finland. The course will provide an overall picture of the Red Cross activities and skills to work as a youth delegate in various projects in the international associations. Participation is free of charge, the course is held in English. More information and the application form can be found here.


Visit from the South Caucasus

2010-05-28 07:44:55

The Åland Islands Peace Institute was hosting a South Caucasian visit in early June. Twenty two Armenian and Azerbiajani civil societies' representatives visited Åland to enhance their understanding of self-government and demilitarization issues. The visit was organized in collaboration between the Åland Islands Peace Institute, the Armenian Committee of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, and the Azerbaijan Committee of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly with its Karabakh Committee and Nagorno Karabakh Committee of Helsinki Initiative-92. The project was implemented with the support from the Ministry for foreigh Affairs of Finland. Some of the participants conducted interviews with Ålanders on the street in order to deepen their insights during the visit.

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Experiences from Living Bridges

2009-11-30 10:19:30

LivingThe "Living bridges" training project was based upon three cornerstones: feminism, intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution. Young women from Sweden and Finland (mainland and Åland) and Azerbaijan and Armenia came together on the Åland Islands between the 17th and the 22nd of August 2009 to discuss these issues in the light of the Åland example.
Sarah Stephan, who was the project manager of this event has now summarized the main experiences from the project. Her article can be downloaded (in pfd) here.


Love does not start with fighting

2008-12-09 08:35:13

krlekThe Åland Islands Peace Institute, in cooperation with Folkhälsan på Åland, participates in the project "Kärlek börjar inte med bråk" - "Love does not start with fighting". The project aims at triggering the discussion about sexual harrasment in schools and strengthening the students' respect for their own and their fellow students' physical integrity. The concept of the course has been developed by Malin Gustavsson. In 2008-2009 the course is offered to all 7-grade classes on Åland. The course comprises two seminars held by educated trainers from Folkhälsan på Åland and the Åland Islands Peace Institute. Within the courses trainers and students discuss what is ment by sexual harassment and sexualised mobbing, which appearances it can take and which consequences sexualised insults and actions can have. The students reflect on situations in their school-life and thereby increase their consciousness and learn how to handle these issues. The courses are funded by the school department of the Government of Åland within the framework of the project "Skolfreden på Åland" - "Peace in Schools on Åland". Thus far Justina Donielaite from the Åland Islands Peace Institute and Petra Berg from Folkhälsan på Åland have held courses in schools in Strandnäs and Kyrkby. In February 2009 they will visit the elementary schools on Föglö, Kumlinge and Brändö. 

Media and Democratic Participation, February 2008, Åland

2008-02-15 08:59:35

journalisterFeb08_72The course in Media and Democratic Participation for young journalists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the UK, Sweden and Åland took place in February 2008. The course focused on minorities, freedom of expression, local media and democratic participation. The course was partially funded by the EU youth programme. Contributing were among others Gunnar Jansson (the European Council), Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (the Åland Islands Peace Institute), Barbro Teir (editor of Hufvudstadsbladet and Volt), Rhodri Williams (guest researcher, the Åland Islands Peace Institute), Salla Nazarenko (project leader, IWPR), Robert Hårdh (human rights lawyer and secretary general, Swedish Helsinki Committee), as well as Ålandic journalists, politicians and civil servants.

Journalist training in Abkhazia

2007-12-10 23:00:00

During 2007 to 2009 the Åland Islands Peace Institute is involved in the Institute for War and Peace Reporting's (IWPR) training programme for journalists from Caucasus. The Åland Islands Peace Institute contributes with training in minority issues and international law.


50 journalists and 24 newspapers take part in the project, which is financed mainly by the EU. The participants come from from Abkhazia, Dagestan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

11 Dec 2007. December 3rd-6th 2007, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, conducted a training session for journalists from Caucasus. The training was held in Abkhazia/Georgia, and focused on freedom of expression and its limits, and war propaganda.
The training was organized in cooperation with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). The Åland Islands Peace Institute contributes to IWPRs three-year long training programme for journalists from Caucasus with training in minority issues and international law.
50 journalists and 24 newspapers take part in the project, which is financed mainly by the EU. The participants at the training in Sukhumi in Abkhazia came from Abkhazia, Dagestan, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Journalists from Georgia could not take part in the training due to restrictions by the Abkhazian authorities.
Abkhazia is a disputed area between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. The status of the area has been under change since the war in the 1990s

The border between Georgia and Abkhazia.