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The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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The Åland Islands Peace Institute receives many visits from around the world, of politicians, diplomats, researchers, public officials, students, journalist, peace workers, partner organisations and others who are interested in the Institutes areas of work and its activities. Would you like to visit the Peace Institute? Be so kind and contact information officer Susann Simolin at susann(at)peace.ax or the member of staff responsible for your area of interest.

Information about previous visits to the ÅIPI can be found below.

Visit from Moldova and Gagauzia

2016-05-20 15:07:56

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On May 25-26 Åland was visited by the working group of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and Gagauzia people’s assembly. The Gagauz-Yeri autonomous region, was established in southern Moldova in the 1990’s to safeguard the rights of the Gagauz minority. The study visit to Åland was arranged by CMI, with financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. CMI works to facilitate informal and official dialogue processes between the Parliament of Moldova and Gagauzia’s People’s Assembly to improve mechanisms of center-autonomy relations.

While on Åland, the group had several meetings with officials and politicians. The Åland Islands Peace Institute arranged a round table discussion for the visitors, moderated by the Director, Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist and including the Chair of the Board, Ms Barbro Sundback, the Head of Research, Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, researcher Saila Heinikoski and Information Officer Susann Simolin.

In the report ”Conflict Regulation through Self-Rule: Success factors for Territorial Autonomy Systems” published in the Åland Islands Peace Institute's report series in 2015, Felix Schulte has used the Gagauz autonomy as one of the case studies. The report can be found here.

Ambassador of Israel on visit to the ÅIPI

2014-08-20 12:25:56

Israeli ambassador 2014The Ambassador of Israel to Finland, Mr Dan Ashbel, has visited the Åland Islands Peace Institute and met with represenatives from the Board of Directors and the staff. At the meeting, ÅIPI research on and practical experiences from using the Åland Example as a source of inspiration in international quests for peaceful developments were discussed. The Ambassador showed great interest and thourough knowledge on related topics, and discussions were rich and enlightning. The ÅIPI Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark concluded by saying that the Åland Example can be viewed as an example of hope and commitment, something that is indeed much needed also with regard to the situation in Israel & Palestine.

The Åland Peace Institute wants to share its research results, expertise and experiences from practical peace work in order to increased the knowledge about Åland and the Åland example and to promote better opportunities for peaceful conflict resolution. In the ublication from 2011; "The Åland Example and its components - Relevance for International Conflict Resolution", a chapter treated the issue of Palestine-Israel ( "Autonomy on the pendulum between a one-state and a two-state solution for the Palestine-Israel conflict). Read more about the Åland Example here.

Japanese journalist visiting Åland

2013-11-27 13:19:19

Japanese_journalist_1On 26 November 2013 the Åland Islands Peace Institute was payed a visit by Mr Kazutaka Ito, journalist working for the Japanese newspaper The Ashai Shimbun. He conducted an interview with researcher Sarah Stephan and Information Officer Susann Simolin about the international relevance of the Åland Example. Mr Kazutaka Ito was in particular interested in Mr Inazo Nitobe from Japan, who was the deputy Secretary General of the League of Nations from 1919-1926, and his role in the Åland settlement.

Exchange of experiences in youth work with a norm critical perspective with German youth worker Johanna Schmitz

2013-11-12 10:24:15

Johanna”Mädchen*treff” is an autonomous youth center for girls between 13-20 in Cologne/Germany. The Peace Institute’s Fair Sex and Open Doors staff had the chance to meet youth worker Johanna Schmitz who presented the center’s causes and activities at the Peace Institute on 31 October 2013.

Mädchen*treff is an independent part of the cultural center “Alte Feuerwache” , which was established with its basis in the second feminist wave in Germany in the 1980s to create a space for girls at a time when youth work in general was dominated to a large extent by boys and men. One of the center’s goals is to empower girls as individual and give them confidence in their personal capacities and skills, to create a space for reflection, dialogue and communication and to foster intercultural dialogue. The center’s work is based on solidarity, participation, a norm- and category-critical approach as well as anti-sexism and anti-racism. 

Visit by Peter Nobel

2013-11-08 11:58:30

PeterNobelOn 4 October 2013 the Peace Institute had the honor of a visit by Peter Nobel, former Discrimination Ombudsman in Sweden who has worked for a long time with several human rights issues in Sweden and internationally. Mr Nobel was accompanied by his wife Weini, who is working for the Equality Ombudsman in Sweden as well as Michael Ståhl and Dorrit Alopeaus Ståhl who have both, amongst others, worked extensively with aid in Africa. The meeting discussed the Peace Institute's work with minority issues and self-government solutions. Peter Nobel also talked about efforts to promote Saami rights and participation  in the Swedish and Nordic context. A seminar on the Nordic Saami convention was held at the Swedish parliament in June 2013.

Read more about the seminar here. 

While a follow up was organised more recently in the city of Östersund in September 2013, read more here.





Anders Mellbourn and Lars Ingelstam visited Åland - discussing peace, security and journalism

2013-10-31 15:02:02

On 30 to 31October Åland was paid a visit by Anders Mellbourn, political scientists, former editor of swedish newspaper DN and Head of the Foreign Policy Institute, current Head of the Department of Media Studies (JMK) at Stockholm University as well as Professor Emeritus Lars Ingelstam, with a background in engineering, mathematics, and future studies; now freely working researcher and author with a focus on security and defense policy.


Anders Mellbourn, Lars Ingelstam, Susann Simolin and Consul General Ingrid Iremark

Visit by Professor Emeritus Ove Bring

2013-10-25 14:13:57

10/25/2013 the Peace Institute was paid a visit by Mr. Ove Bring, professor emeritus of International Law, Swedish National Defence College and Stockholm University and former Legal Adviser to the Foreign Ministry. Ove Bring and the Åland Islands Peace Institute, in particular through the Peace Institute's director Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, have been in contact for a long time, following each other's work. At the Institute Ove Bring received information about tha latest research of the Peace Institute, including on the Åland Example and minority languages within the project ELDIA.


Researcher Sarah Stephan, professor emeritus Ove Bring and the ÅIPI director, associate professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

Ambassador of China visiting the ÅIPI

2013-10-23 15:25:48

On the 23rd of  October 2013 the Peace Institute had the honor to receive a visit of the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China  to Finland, H.E. Mr Huang Xing and his wife Mrs Quiao Hong. Information Officer Susann Simolin and Researcher Sarah Stephan informed about the Peace Institute's activities, including research on the Åland Example, minority rights and autonomy in a comparative perspective, as well as the Institute's role and function as a civil society organization.

The Ambassador H.E. Mr Huang Xing, the Speaker of the Åland Parliament Mrs Britt Lundberg,
Researcher Sarah Stephan, Information Officer Susann Simolin and Mrs Quiao Hong.

Swedish Minister visited the ÅIPI

2013-01-18 09:47:26

On Wednesday 16th of January 2013 the ÅIPI had the honour of welcoming the Minister for European Affairs at the Swedish Government, Ms Birgitta Ohlsson to the Åland Islands Peace Institute. At her official visit on Åland the Minister met with representatives of the Åland Government and, invited by the General Consul of Sweden to Åland, inaugurated an exhibition commemorating Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg at the Åland museum.
At the Peace Institute the staff informed about the core activities of the institution. Among the topics discussed were the international relevance of the Åland Example, the role of peace issues within the EU and Nordic co-operation and violence prevention among youth throught Fair Sex workshops and international co-operation on the boy and girl group method.

Political Adviser Hanna Gerdes, General Consul of Sweden to Åland Ingrid Iremark,
Minister for European Affairs at Swedish Government Birgitta Ohlsson, Information Officer of the ÅIPI Susann Simolin, Minister of the Åland Government Gun Mari Lindholm, Project Manager Justina Donielaite, Workshop Leader Liselott Lindén and researcher Heidi Öst.

Afgan journalists visiting Åland

2011-08-26 06:49:04

20-21 August 2011, a group of Afghan female journalists accompanied by their Finnish colleagues visited the Åland Islands. The journalists are participating in the ”Learning together”-project in cooperation with Female Journalists in Finland. On Saturday, the group visited the Åland Islands Peace Institute. Information Officer Susann Simolin introduced the activities of the ÅIPI, and project manager Jenny Jonstoij presented the gender work and especially the Girl- och Boy Group Method. Member of Parliament Elisabeth Nauclér also participated in the meeting, and discussed the Åland Example with the guest. On Sunday, the group visited the Åland Parliament, and met with female journalists on Åland. The Afghan journalists shared their experiences from working in Afghanistan, and the media situation on Åland was discussed.


ÅIPI meeting with Baltic Sea Parliamentarians

2010-08-31 12:29:43

On 29th to 31st of August a Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) was held on Åland. Representatives for the Working Group on Civil Security with special focus on human trafficking visited the Åland Islands Peace Institute for information on the project Challenging Gender Roles for Prevention of Trafficking.

The Peace Institute Director, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, gave a speech in the plenary session, under the heading 'The Baltic Sea Region as an Area of Peace and Security'. The speech in pdf can be downloaded here.

Visit from Swedish authors Herman and Birgitta Lindqvist

2009-05-27 15:58:20

LindqvistThe Åland Islands Peace Institute has the pelasuere of hosting Swedish authors Herman and Birgitta Lindqvist dureing their four days stay on Åland in May 2009. Herman Lindqvist is the opening speaker at the opening of the Exhibition Outpost, land in between, bridge at the Åland museum/Åland Art Museum 28th May 2009.
Wednesday 27th the guests visited the Peace Institute for informal discussions with the staff and for a meeting with local media.

Herman Lindqvist sees it as his mission to fight the general ignorance, especially in Sweden but also in Finland, on the effects of the war of 1908-1909, when Sweden lost Finland including Åland to Russia. He takes a particular interest in minorities since he himself grew up as a minority within a minority.

Nepalese biker on world tour for peace

2008-09-30 10:51:17
FurtembaFurtemba Sherpa from Nepal started his bicycle world tour for peace and the environment in December 2003. He has so far visited 40 countries and last week passed by Åland. He made a spontaneous visit at the Åland Islands Peace Institute and told us about his experiences so far.
- Most people are kind and generous, but on the border between Thailand and Cambodia I got robbed, Furtemba sais.
Furtemba speaks 10 Asian languages, but excuses himself for his English.
- Most of the time I find Nepalese people who can help me translate, but I haven't found anyone on Åland.
Furtmeba has had sponsors on his trip, but right now he is in search for new ones.
From Åland he continues his journey to mainland Finland and will then proceed to the Baltic countries.
The Åland Islands Peace Institute wishes Furtemba the best of luck on the remains of his trip.

Furtembas home page can be checked out here.

Visit from Lithuania, Kaliningrad and Belarus

2008-06-13 14:36:59
partners from Visit from Lithuania, Kaliningrad and Belarus have been visiting Åland and the Åland Islands Peace Institute from 9 to 12 of june. the aim of the visit was for the partners to hold a network meeting, share experiences,  do study visits, learn more on the Åland Islands and on the peace institute and - maybe the most important thing - to meet Mia Hanström, author of the book on the girl group method.

All of the visitors are acquainted with the girl group method and most of them are managing their own girl groups. The visitors found the study sessions with Mia Hanström very inspiring and also took advantage from learning on each others successes and setbacks.

Azeri/Armenian film on Åland

2008-06-06 11:57:41

InterviewÅland is visited by a team of journalists from Yerevan in Armenia and Baku in Azerbadjan. The team is working with a series of documentaries about various ethno-territorial conflicts worldwide. The films are dealing with Northern Ireland, the Basque region in Spain, Cyprus, Bosnia, South Tyrol in Italy and Åland and will be simultaneously broadcast in both countries to present to the Armenian and Azerbaijani audiences diverse examples of conflict prevention and self-government in Europe.

The Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark has been interviewed on the history and current status of the Åland Islands as an autonomous, Swedishspeaking, demilitarised and neutralised region of Finland. The team will also meet representatives from the Alandic governemnt, parliament and media as well as private persons and entrepeneurs.

Princess of Sweden interested in alandic status

2008-05-15 15:43:57

Thursday 15 of May Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, the director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, held a speech for the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, who is visiting the Aland Islands. Spiliopoulou Åkermark talked about the Aland Islands as a living example of an autonomous region under constant development. The authonomy is constantly renewed through different forms of cooperation and renegotiations between the Islands and the finnish state. There is also a dialogue between the Åland Islands and the states that have guaranteed their status, not least with Sweden.
The Crown Princess, who has taken peace- and conflict studies at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, at the coffee break mentioned to the director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute that she is acquainted with the status of the Aland Island from her studies. She also took the opportunity to ask more about the Åland Islands example in international conflict resolution.
Read the full presentation here (in Swedish).

Grupp från Vojvodina på studiebesök till Åland

2005-11-21 23:00:00
Grupp från Vojvodina på studiebesök till Åland 22-23 november 2005.