Ålanders for self-sufficiency

The Åland Islands are aiming for greater self-sufficiency. The semi-autonomous province between Finland and Sweden already produces much of its own food and energy.

A quarter of its electricity supply comes from wind power, and the Ålanders plan to double that. In a symbolic move two weeks ago, the province ran entirely on its own electricity for one hour.

The maritime province produces 80 percent of its own milk and enough eggs, fish, wheat and produce to export, including apples, berries and vegetables. The main island’s organic produce sector is booming, but is held back by a labor shortage.

Perhaps this will be a lesson for Finland that instead using what nature gave builds a fifth and a sixth nuclear plan for energy!

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