Watch "Åland Calling"

”Åland Calling”, our remarkable Documentary Film Maker Tiina Mäkinen’s revealing film.

Watch the documentary film "Åland Calling".

The Åland Islands Emigrant Institute

The Institute collects, catalogues and distributes material connected with Ålandic emigration. The purpose of the institute is to promote research into Ålandic emigration and to function as a link between Ålanders all over the world.

Membership of the Åland Islands Emigrant Institute Society

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Why not become a member yourself?
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Upcoming Spring Meeting, April 29, 2024


The Åland Islands Emigrant Institute Society’s 

Spring Meeting

is to take place 
on Monday, April 29, at 2.30 pm 
the Hotel Pommern 
Norragatan 8-10 at Mariehamn.

Coffee and pastries served after the meeting.

Everyone welcome!

Time for the Grand World Premier of the Film "Åland Calling"!

Welcome to the Grand World Premier of the "Åland Calling" Film!

Thursday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. Åland time  
it’s time for the Grand Worldwide World Premier of
the film ”Åland Calling”, 
our most gifted Documentary Film Maker Tiina Mäkinen’s unsurpassed masterpiece.
on Zoom!

The International World Premier will be administrated by
the Swedish Finn Historical Society of Seattle, Washington, USA, 
where Director Kimberly ”Kim” Jacobs will coordinate
the ”Åland Coffee Hour”
Documentary Film Maker Tiina Mäkinen will be present all evening
at the Åland Islands Emigrant Institute.

Time for questions & answers after the film!

Please klick on the link below & register for Zoom & partake in the Grand World Premier!!

P.S. The film "Åland Calling" is based upon 
last year's huge event
"Åland Calling: Come Home to Your Roots, Share and Connect with Us"
on Aug 15-20 (/21) 2022
that was the Emigrant Institute's great celebration of
"Åland 100" in honor of the Åland Autonomy's Centennial.

P.S. From Friday on, June 16
a Youtube-link for the film
will be available at the Åland Islands Emigrant Institute’s website!
Please enjoy the moving film over and over again!

"Åland Calling" - Upcoming Documentary Film!

Åland Calling: Come Home to Your Roots, Share and Connect with Us


The Documentary Film "Åland Calling" 

will be announced as soon as we have word of it!


On Wednesday, March 15, at 6.45 pm local time 
the unsurpassed film “Åland Calling”
by Documentary Film Maker Tiina Mäkinen, our most gifted Society member,
will be released at our local cinema Bio Savoy in Mariehamn
for the very first time in history!

The release will take place at the Grand Opening Day of this year’s
Vera Documentary Film Festival
(please see: ).

For all those who participated – as well as for those who did not participate – we’d like to remind you of
the Åland Islands Emigrant Institute’s Grand Event
”Åland Calling: Come Home to Your Roots, Share and Connect with Us”
to celebrate the Centennial of the Åland Islands Autonomy
– in the Middle of the Baltic –
on 15-20 August 2022 

Throughout the whole week Documentary Film Maker Tiina Mäkinen was there,
following every step that was taken, documenting every word that was said.
Now she will release her film for the world to see what took place at our
International Centennial Festivity


In some time, we plan to show the film digitally for everyone to be able to see it.
Please do keep an eye on our website in order not to miss the time and date
to share the Grand World Release with us! 

With all our hearts our Åland Islands Emigrant Institute thanks
our talented member Tiina Mäkinen, and 
wishes her much further successes.

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My Name is Sunny Now. A Scandinavian Emigrant’s Story.

Hjördis M. Sundblom

The Åland Island born Hjördis M. Sundblom emigrated to America 17 years of age. She worked in private families among the high society. Later she studied and was offered a job in the Physical Department at St. Luke/Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Her America years offered many experiences and her book contains not only her personal memories but is also richly illustrated. Hjördis Sundblom’s long journey lasted 52 years. She returned to the Aland Islands in 1987.

Förlaget PQR-kultur
ISBN 952-99218-0-2 
120 sidor, hardcover., ill.
Pris: 27 €

1809-2009: Contacts tied – untied – retied.

Papers presented at Finland’s XV Swedish Language Genealogical Conference & Åland Islands Family History Gathering in 2009, October 9-11, at Mariehamn.

The 200 year jubilee commemorating the painful separation from the Kingdom of Sweden was held under solemnity offering a program far more extensive than ordinarily. Within its covers this publication offers the papers presented at this international 2-day conference held at Mariehamn in 2009.

Publisher: Ålands Islands Emigrant Institute. Ålands Emigrantinstitut Publication Series 4. Mariehamn 2013.
ISBN 978-952-67684-3-4 
193 sidor, soft cover., ill. 
Price: 25 €         

Those Not Russian Russians: Finlanders & Russian-American Company’s Multiethnic Evangelical Lutheran Community in the North Pacific Region 1800-1871, with a postscript covering 1872-1930.

Maria Jarlsdotter Enckell

Identified herein are some key-individuals found in the history of Russian America, all of them of distinctly non-Russian origin. They are presented with their correct non-Russian names which they received at baptism at their Evangelical Lutheran parish Church to which they belonged as recorded into their parish church records, as well as most all their homeland’s records, firmly confirming their roots in their homeland’s language and culture – all in sharp contrast to what has commonly been stated in today’s Russia as well as published history on Russian America.

Publisher: Ålands Islands Emigrant Institute. Ålands Emigrantinstitut Publication Series 1. Mariehamn 2012.
ISBN 978-952-67684-0-3 
84 pages, soft cover, ill.
Pris: 20 € 

Biographical & Professional Data for Finnish Merchant Skipper August Wilhelm Fredriksson Riedell in Russian-American Company Service 1846-1861

Maria Jarlsdotter Enckell

Presented herein is one of the many Finnish Merchant Sea Captains recruited to uphold the Russian-American Company’s life-line Kronstadt – Sitka – Ajan – Kamchatka – Bering Island – Sitka – Kronstadt. Presented are also numerous of his Finnish and Baltic Evangelical Lutheran colleagues, with their correct non-Russian baptical names as well as correct ethnic identities.

Publisher: Ålands Islands Emigrant Institute. Ålands Emigrantinstitut Publication Series 2. Mariehamn 2012.
ISBN 978-952-67684-1-0  
60 sidor, soft cover, ill.  
Pris: 15 €          

From the Grand Duchy of Finland to Sitka, Russian America, Territory of Alaska to Baku & Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea: the journeys of 3 women & 5 men 1859-1895.

Maria Jarlsdotter Enckell

In focus are several Finnish Merchant Sea Captains, some with their wives, who at the latter part of Alaska’s Russian Era were engaged in the Russian-American Company up to 1867 and beyond, as well as their quite surprising endeavors after their 10-15 years engagement in Russian America.

Publisher: Ålands Islands Emigrant Institute. Ålands Emigrantinstitut Publication Series 3. Mariehamn 2012.
ISBN 978-952-67684-2-7
92 sidor, soft, ill.
Pris: 15 €

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