Mariehamn was founded in 1861 by Czar Alexander II, who gave the town its name, meaning ‘Marie’s Harbour’, after his wife. There are only 11 000 residents in Mariehamn, yet the city receives up to 1.5 million visitors per year. In the summertime, Mariehamn’s pleasant cafés and restaurants are lively places.
Capital Mariehamn is the largest – and only – city in Åland. Its wooden houses and green parks provide a great setting for a small-town holiday or a starting point for a tour of the Åland islands.