Aland is an autonomous region of Finland, with its own political system that is independent from Finland’s. The Aland Islands have their own Parliament, which consists of 30 members who are elected every four years. The Aland Islands also have their own government and president, who are elected by the Parliament. Aland has its own laws, currency and stamps, as well as its own flag and national anthem. The politics in Aland are largely focused on maintaining autonomy from Finland while still having strong ties to the country. This autonomy allows for a degree of self-determination which is important for the local population. In terms of international relations, Aland has strong ties with Sweden and is a member of the Nordic Council and other regional organizations. As an autonomous region within Finland, Aland works closely with the Finnish Government to ensure that any decisions made in Helsinki do not infringe upon its autonomy or rights as a self-governing nation.