European islands, development and the cohesion policy



Title European islands, development and the cohesion policy: a case study of Kokar, Aland Islands
Author(s) Godfrey Baldacchino, Christian Pleijel
Journal Island Studies Journal
Date 2010
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 110
Abstract A European Union initiative is seeking ways of determining the development
potential of Europe’s lagging regions, which include various islands. On the basis of the
policy review, methodology and data collected by the ongoing EUROISLANDS project, this
paper present Kökar (population: 262), the easternmost municipality of the Åland Islands, as
a prototype archipelago that is seriously challenged by its size and multiple peripherality. It
reviews the state of its social and transportation infrastructure, and of its human and financial
capital. While the situation is serious, there are opportunities for branding, for developing
associated economic activity, as well for appealing to a new wave of residents.

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