Mariehamn is the capital of the Åland Islands, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty.
Mariehamn is the seat of the Government and Parliament of Åland, and 40% of the population of
Åland live in the city. Like all of Åland, Mariehamn is unilingually Swedish-speaking and around 88%
of the inhabitants speak it as their native language. Mariehamn was founded in 1861. The town was
named after the Russian empress Maria Alexandrovna.