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National funding granted for Swedish archipelagos

The national federation for the associations of the Swedish archipelagos – SRF (ESIN’s Swedish member) – has been accorded a three-year grant from the Swedish government. The grant which comprises over 0,5 million euro for 2016-2018 was communicated last Thursday February, 3. It is an increase compared to previous years to make special attention to […]

Winter in the archipelago Eminent documentary from my islands broadcasted on Franco-German TV network ARTE. Above is a link to the introduction with fisherman Kaj Lundberg (pic 1) and postman Kim Karlsson, taking care of Åke and Monica Finnerman on Björkö = Birch Island (pic 2). The French team speak about “le magnifique archipel d’Åland” and seem to […]

Cable cars to islands in Swedish archipelago?

South of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, is large archipelago consisting of 25 larger islands with 5,000 permanent and 6,000 summer residents. The islands are completely free of gasoline-powered cars, transportation is carried out by means of cycles, delivery mopeds, electric cars and ferries. Now, a study says it might be possible to link the […]

Blekinge archipelago

Blekinge archipelago is located in the Baltic Sea, in the south of Sweden. It covers some 210.000 km2 including water. The archipelago is dominated by a few larger islands: Aspö, Hasslö, Tärnö and Sturkö, with smaller islands and skerries interspersed. Some 4,000 islanders live here. During last spring, brainstorming meetings and interviews have shown the […]

Nordic Archipelago Collaboration Gets Higher Status

The Nordic Council of Ministers has decided to make the Nordic archipelago cooperation a cross-border committee. The archipelago cooperation budget doubles to over 100 000€ in years 2014 – 2016. This affects the six archipelago municipalities of Åland, the Stockholm archipelago region, and the Åbo and Uusimaa archipelagos in Finland. – We will increase cooperation […]

Îles du Ponant energy projects interest “Les îles de la Madeleine” Canada – Québec

  First stop : Normandy – Chausey archipelago Jonathan Lapierre, Formal mayor of îles de la madeleine, and members of the american delegation experiments Hydrogen Bicycle in Saint-Lô  – Normandy – F A 11 persons delegation from Québec – Canada, involved in energy transition, visited îles du Ponant last november (19th – 26th). After a visit in […]

Skärgård magazine no 160

Every European island flaunts its assets in glossy magazines, typically written by journalists and photographers spending a week or two in the island’s holiday landscape. Luckily, there is also another kind of island magazines, written by the islanders themselves, sometimes with the help of researchers, dealing with the island culture, history, lifestyle, infrastructure and politics. […]


‘Small Islands are “the agents of change”  that can be trusted to make the low carbon revolution happen in Europe’ declared Brendan Devlin, Special adviser to DG Energy,  at the17th  AGM and annual Conference of the European Small Islands Federation.  It was held in Orkney islands on 11-13 September, and contributed an afternoon of talks […]

Historic Islands Bill in Scotland

The Scottish government has introduced a “historic bill” to create a sustainable future for Scotland’s islands. It is a success for the Scottish Archipelagoes (Orkney, Western Isles Council and Shetland Islands Council) that have been campaigning for several years for greater powers. The introduction of the bill marks the first stage in its progress through parliament. […]


The first boat has arrived at the Tilos pier, while the Stockholm archipelago piers in the north of Europe are still surrounded by melting ice. Thanks Nina Shaieste for the southern pic and Mats Lindfors for the northern one.