Aland. There was political controversy during the year
about the provincial government's proposal for municipal
reform, with 16 municipalities to become five. Of Åland's
nearly 29,000 residents, just over a third live in Mariehamn
and the rest in smaller municipalities, where Sottunga is
the smallest with just under 100 residents. The largest
opposition party Center called for a referendum on the
A Norwegian university report in July showed that Åland
emits more carbon dioxide per inhabitant than any other area
in the EU; 5.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person per year.
The Ålanders use a lot of oil for electricity, the
households are small but the houses are large with many
rooms to heat.