The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

Annual Event and European Cooperation Day in Mariehamn, Åland 20-21.9.2017

What is it about?

Registration for the Central Baltic programme’s Annual Event 2017 is open until 31 August. The theme of the event is you – the projects. We want you to network with other interesting projects, share experiences and learn from them. In addition to this, we are coupling the Annual Event with the yearly celebration of territorial cooperation, the European Cooperation Day and thus, giving the general public the possibility to glimpse at cross-border cooperation we are all so fond of.

Table of contents:

Agenda for day 1: The European Cooperation Day
Agenda for day 2: The Annual Event
How to get there 
Photo competition for our projects
Åland Harvest Festival (post-event)

Day 1: European Cooperation Day 2017  

  • Open for the general public and projects
Programme at Alandica:
15:00 16:30   Opening                                                 
  • Welcome from Mayor of Mariehamn and Head of Managing Authority Merike Niitepõld
  • Opening of photo exhibition
  • Dance performances and warm snacks served
16:30      Departure for study trip by bus
  • Sightseeing along the way
19:00     Back in town
19:30 21:30   Project networking dinner

Day 2: Annual Event 2017

  • Open for participants registered for the Annual Event
Programme at Alandica:
8:00 8:30   Registration                                                
8:30 9:00   Plenary (Auditorium)
9:00 9:20   Projects and communication 
9:30 11:00   Priority parallels
11:00 11:15   Coffee on the go (photo exhibition area)
11:20 12:55   Priority parallels continue
13:15        Bus transport to harbour


There are several accommodation alternatives available in Mariehamn. We have made pre-bookings in three hotels.
If you are interested in booking any of the following, remember to use the booking reference Central Baltic.

Hotel Arkipelag (Strandgatan 35, Mariehamn)
Booking reference: Central Baltic
Number of rooms: 15
Single room 138€, double room 168€. Prices include breakfast.
Bookings: tel. +358 18 24 020 or (credit card required to guarantee the reservation)
Quota valid until 22.6.2017

Hotell Pommern (Norragatan 10, Mariehamn)
Booking reference: Central Baltic
Number of rooms: 40
Classic single 115€, Classic double 125€, Classic double with extra bed 152€, Family room 160€. Prices include breakfast.
Bookings: tel. +358 18 15 555 or (credit card required to guarantee the reservation)
Quota valid until 20.7.2017

Park Alandia Hotell (Norra Esplanadgatan 3, Mariehamn)
Booking reference: Central Baltic
Number of rooms: 40
10 x Classic single/double 93€/101€, 30 x Premium single/double 98€/107€. Prices include breakfast.
Bookings: tel. +358 18 14 130 or (credit card required to guarantee the reservation)
Quota valid until 20.8.2017

How to get there

Åland is easily reachable. The following tables list some of the most common transportation methods. Remember to check for possible alterations in timetables. 



This table lists direct flights to Mariehamn. By making a stop-over in Helsinki or Stockholm, you are able to reach Mariehamn e.g. from Riga.


It is possible to reach Åland also via own car from the Finnish mainland. This involves using the ferries of Ålandstrafiken and usually staying at least one night on the islands along the way.


A general map showing the general locations for accommodation, venue, harbour and airport. Map by Google Maps.
The map is accessible online through the following link:


Registration for the event has closed.

Photo competition

We have many great projects that doing great things -- together across borders. Thus, we would love to see a photo of your project in action. To celebrate the European Cooperation Day and our Annual Event, we are launching a photo competition. Categories and rules below, we are looking forward to your submission!
  • The competition is open until 31 August and is meant for our projects (approved, implementing or finished).
  • All materials submitted will be used under CC-BY-SA, meaning that the original author will be contributed. Alternatively, if you wish, you may also submit photos under CC-0, meaning they are public domain. Please ensure that you have the right to submit an image.
  • Please attach a short explanation (1-2 sentences) to each photograph to provide some context for it.
  • You may submit as many photographs you wish in each category.
  • The winners of this competition are announced in our European Cooperation Day celebrations on 20 September 2017 in Mariehamn.

The categories for the competition are:

1. To go far, go together!
There was a challenge? You are addressing this challenge together across borders? Show us in a photograph how you are doing it.

2. Thinking ahead
Why is your project different? Are you applying new and innovative approaches in solving a common challenge? Could your approach/solution be something that inspires others as well?

3. We are family
Try to capture the spirit of doing things together in your project. It doesn’t matter whether you are sitting at a camp fire (discussing cross-border challenges and how to address them) or having a truckers meal in one of the ferries.

4. Central Baltic superstar
What or whom is extraordinary in your project? Could there be superstar potential in it? What superpower you are using to support a more competitive, sustainable, well connected or skilled and socially included Central Baltic region?

5. A fresh breeze
Single photographs depicting novelty: all of our projects are bringing something new to the Central Baltic region. What is yours bringing?

Åland Harvest Festival

Between 22-24 September, the annual harvest festival takes place on Åland. Although the harvest festival is in no way connected to the Annual Event, you may wish to consider prolonging your stay to visit the farms around Åland for fresh produce. More information is available here:

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