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Half a century of the volunteer coastguard

Breakdowns, vessels running aground, ambulance services, repairs, sea search operations– regardless of the weather the coastguard are ready to help, provide assistance and carry out rescue operations in local waters. Ålands Sjöräddningssällskap was founded in 1965 when a number of people involved in the Åland shipping industry took over the local coast guard which had previously been under Finnish control.…

14 December 2016

A colorful lighthouse continues to shine

When the association Regnbågsfyren (en. Rainbow Lighthouse) was established on Åland in 2004, it was hard to imagine that ten years later 1,500 people would parade through the streets of Mariehamn in support of the local hbtq community. Though Åland Pride and the Pride parade are the most visible achievements of the association, much of the most important work is…

14 December 2016

A joyful pet project

A hand strokes the fur, a soft nose pokes at the fingers. A voice that has been quiet wants to speak again. A smile appears in an absent face. It may only be a small miracle that is happening but it’s a miracle all the same. The Red Cross’s Friendship Dogs bring a little life to an otherwise often uneventful…

14 December 2016