Åland regional citizenship

Åländsk hembygdsrätt
Åland regional citizenship is a precondition for voting and standing for election to the Parliament of Åland, for owning and occupying land in Åland as well as the right to conduct business in Åland. Regional citizenship is not a barrier to moving to Åland, and if you move to Åland and do not have regional citizenship you can buy an apartment or build a home on zoned land with a land acquisition permit. Here you can also read about conscription if you move to Åland.

Åland regional citizenship

Åland regional citizenship is a precondition for voting and standing for election to the Parliament of Åland, for owning and occupying land in Åland as well as the right to conduct business in Åland. Exceptions from the requirement of regional citizenship can be granted by the Government of Åland on application. You can find more information on Åland regional citizenship on the website of the Government of Åland here. 

Land acquisition permits in Åland

The Government of Åland can grant exceptions from the requirement of regional citizenship for owning real estate. You can apply for and get a special permit, a land acquisition permit, from the Government of Åland. The purpose of the rules on land acquisition is that land is primarily owned by persons who are resident in Åland. You can read all about land acquisition permits on this webpage of the Government of Åland.

Conscription

If you have regional citizenship and moved to Åland before the age of 12, you are exempted from conscription. If you have questions about conscription, you can contact the Office of the Government of Åland.

Contact the authority

If you have questions about Åland regional citizenship, you can contact the Unit for legal and international matters here:

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