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Pronounced Pron. AW-lahnd
Other Forms FormsÅland Islands (English)
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Meaning & History
Either derived from Old Norse *Ahvaland
meaning "land of water" (from ahva
"water"), or from Finnish Ahvenanmaa
"perch land" (from ahven
"perch"). Åland is an autonomous archipelago province in the Baltic Sea
. It belongs to Finland
, but the official language is Swedish.