The ÅIPI and the Åland Example
The Åland Islands Peace Institute is active in imparting knowledge about Åland’s status as an autonomous, demilitarised and neutralised territory. We offer up-to-date information and analysis of debates related to Åland, including the development of Ålandic autonomy and minority rights as well as conflict management. Moreover, we try to engage the broad public, on Åland and beyond, in debates concerning public international law, human rights, gender equality and the peaceful solution of conflict.
The Åland example attracts many visitors who come to study the Ålandic autonomy as well as the demilitarisation and neutralisation of the archipelago in more depth. The so-called Contact Group, which consists of representatives of the Åland government and the Finnish Foreign Ministry, works to promote the application of the Åland example in international contexts. The Åland government as well as the Åland Islands Peace Institute frequently host visitors from all over the world, among them journalists, civil servants, students, youth groups and representatives of civil society organisations. Many of these visitors live in regions suffering from conflicts whose solution could have autonomy implications. The Peace Institute multiplies information about its activities and imparts knowledge about the special status of Åland under public international law.
The Peace Institute receives groups of politicians, public servants, civil society organisations, journalists etc. upon request. The program for such visitors is tailored to suit the visitors needs. It can involve for example shorter presentations on the Åland Example, seminars on autonomy and minorities, research seminars or more conflict management type activities.