Aland. The ┼land Autonomous Government, the Landscape
Board, was dissolved in March following disagreements in the
coalition between the ┼land Center, the Frisinnad
collaboration and the Unbound Collection. Center Party Land
Council Roger Nordlund formed a new coalition between his
own party and the Liberals, ┼'s two largest parties.
Finland's Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen made an official
visit to ┼ in August, promising a more unified ┼land policy
on the part of the government. The Landscape Board had
called for this, as well as greater ┼land influence in the
EU. Lipponen therefore invited the county council to
participate in the Finnish delegation at the EU IGC in
Belgium in December.
The Supreme Court, HD, declared in August that the new
lottery law adopted by the Riksdag was contrary to the
Self-Government Act for ┼. President Tarja Halonen had
chosen not to sign the law until HD gave his statement, an
unusual measure on the part of the president. The government
was commissioned by Parliament to submit a new bill.
G÷ran Persson became the first Swedish prime minister to
visit ┼ in August for formal political deliberations at the
official invitation of the Landscape Board.
During the autumn, SAS-owned Air Botnia closed the
unprofitable regular air services between Mariehamn and