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The Government encourages tourism and welcomes visitors. 


In the past visitors have been limited to families that have a means of transportation to the islands and those who boarded the supply ship to the islands.  We hope to eventually establish a regular passenger service during the summer months.

Formalities are minimal.  Visitors must have some form of photo ID and show they have the ability to pay for their stay.  Minor children are exempt as the adults in their party shall be responsible for them.  If a rerurn ticket has not been arranged, this will be done upon entry.  If staying with a local family, visitors must only show a photo ID.  Frequently if a person comes aboard the supply ahip there will be no formalities as you would have produced a photo identification prior to boarding and the shipping company requires a round trip fare.  If you arrive by private boat and there is no customs check upon entering, please report to the local representative or the primary Government office to state you are visiting the islands.


Visitors are welcome to live aboard their vessel, rent a room or cottage and camp with the owner's permission.  There are no restrictions but visitors must respect the local population and other visitors.  Simply put, what would not be acceptable at home would not be acceptable here.


Frequently asked is if fishing licenses or drivers licenses are required.  We have no such requirement.  Naturally utilizing an animal for transportation or fishing from the shore must be made through arrangement with the local family or cottage owner.

Visitors should keep in mind many perscription drugs may not be immediately available.

Abuse of alcohol and drugs will result in a negative reaction from locals.  Please use moderation.


In the event of emergency, ask for help from anyone you see or from the nearest home.  There is a small clinic that can attend to most minor emergencies in the event one may occur.  In major emergencies you will be sent the the nearest medical facility that can handle your situation.  This shalll be your financial responsibility and this is easily covered by an addendum of 'evacuation' insurance added to typical travel insurance.


The visitor will quickly learn the people are friendly, helpful and open to visitors but lead a very relaxed lifestyle.  Most shun deadlines, so while you can always trust the word of a local, the local is not a bound to the clock.  You may be welcomed to homes for a meal, invited to fish with them or take part in other activities.  These invitations are genuine, impromptu and come with no expectations of monetary return or some other gift.  In general, your presence and conversation are the gift you bring and this is more than enough.  If you should be compelled to offer a token of appreciation, it will be accepted although it will be made clear such a gift is not warranted. 

Visitors who connect with a local person or family will often be given a momento, if even a card with personal note.  Please accept any momento.  This is the continuation of an earlier custom where something of sentimental value was offered all who departed.  The symbolism of such a parting gift is that you are taking a piece of the person or family with you in return for the act of friendship you offered.  The phrase you will hear means "May this keep the memory of this day forever fresh until we may meet again".  

English, Swedish and Finnish are spoken by some residents.



A tiny news sheet is issued each week called The Morning Sun News.  Usually a single page, the publication carries a very hefty price tag for the English language edition.  To the United States of America, the annual subscription rate is 800 Suota or around $129 US.

Radio is in its infancy at the moment, on the air for a mere 5 minutes weekday mornings at 0700 for local news and weather report.  On Saturday at 6 in the evening the station for 15 minutes with local news, weather report and a local entertainment program.  A devotional and weather report is broadcast a 6 in the evening on Sunday during a 5 minute broadcast.  "Radio Morning Sun" has limited hours since it is 'off the grid' at the moment. The Museum houses the studio equipped with only two cassette recorders and a microphone.  Plans are to add a laptop and connecting to the local electric supply.  They hope to establish an extended schedule at some point in the future.