Aland. At the beginning of the year, falling unemployment
was 4.2% and the number of vacancies was the highest in a
decade. In practice, labor shortages prevailed. But an
expert group warned in April that non-EU adaptation of
taxes, labor law, ship register and maritime support would
lead to the flagship of ┼land shipping and thus dramatically
increased unemployment. However, in October, after long
hesitation, the government said no to a proposed support
package for shipping. The decision was described in
Mariehamn as a killing blow to ┼land society.
In November, President Martti Ahtisaari emerged as the
first Finnish head of state to open the Lagting on ┼. area.
A hot debate about the Finnish's position on the ┼ flared
up in the fall after Finnish newspapers wrote that it is
forbidden for landscape officials to study Finnish. The
provincial government's head of government, county councilor
Roger Jansson, described the information as a lie and gave
examples of officials who, during the year, have just
studied Finnish during working hours.