Aland. Shipping, which accounts for about 40% of Å's GDP,
had financial setbacks during the year. Several large
shipping companies related to Å reported losses. The
increasing competition in passenger traffic on the Baltic
Sea has caused the prices of cruises to be pushed to very
In an opinion poll in the autumn, independence-free
Åland's future was surprisingly the third largest party.
Political analysts, however, felt that the party's success
was based more on dissatisfaction with the traditional
parties than on increased support for Åland's independence.
A lively debate followed in the Lagting and in the press,
when the other parties clearly distanced themselves from the
idea of independence and when Governor Peter Lindbäck
accused Åland's future of "agitation and confrontation" with
Finland. Lindbäck said that this could damage the
development of the Åland autonomy that several parties want