from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An archipelago in the Baltic Sea at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia between Sweden and Finland. Colonized in the 12th century by Swedes, the islands were ceded to Russia in 1809 and became part of Finland after World War I.
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- n. an archipelago of some 6,000 islands in the Gulf of Bothnia under Finnish control
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At present Åland in Finnish, Ahvenanmaa enjoys a special autonomous status within Finland, enabling the province to conduct its affairs entirely in Swedish, without the need for the people who live there to learn and speak Finnish at all.
Finnish has three more letters than the English alphabet: ä and ö are used in Finnish words, while å is hardly ever used, i.e. in Swedish loan words or names, such the Åland island in the Finnish Archipelago Sea which is perhaps not the best example as it is called Ahvenanmaa by Finnish speakers.
It worked OK, albeit not very good (didn't have problems with 'Ahvenanmaa' this time -