2009 Island Games arranged in Aland

The largest international sporting event in Aland ever sets off on 27 June this summer, when Aland hosts the NatWest Island Games XIII, also called just Island Games.

Aland last hosted the Island Games in 1991 when the Aland Post issued a miniature sheet showing a view of the sports grounds in Mariehamn and featuring four different types of sport.

This year's self-adhesive My Stamps booklet focuses on the Island Games, showing a sprinter setting off from an Aland granite rock. The background colours are the same as those of the Aland flag.

The international Island Games were born in the Isle of Man in 1985. The number of participating islands has increased steadily, a total of 25 islands now being members of the international IG Committee. With an expected 3220 participants competing in 15 different sports, this sporting event is likely to be the largest Island Games ever. Approx. 1500 officials intend to ensure the success of the event.

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