|Republic of Aeroe|
|Anthem: Ærø Oh Ærø|
|Largest City.|| Marstal|
|Recognized regional languages|
|FormationRepublic of Aeroe||January 1, 1975|
- 2009 census
- Per capita
| 2009 estimate|
|Drives on the||Right|
Aeroe oficially Republic of Aeroe (Danish: Republikken Ærø) is a small island nation located in the baltic sea, just south of Scandinavia. It has an area of 113,51 km² and consists of 14 inhabited islands with a total population of 32.000 people.
Aeroe was until 1975 a part of Denmark, but became independent when Denmark joined the European Union.
In 1972, when the people of Denmark voted yes to join the European Communities, a movement arose on the island of Aeroe. The movement was called "Movement for an independent Aeroe (Bevægelsen for et uafhængigt Ærø). The movement was against Danish memebership of the EC, and the goal was to declare their independence from Denmark. In 1973 the plans was further expaned as several Danish Baltic Sea islands joined the movement. In mid 1974 a constitution was signed by leaders of the movement, one member from each island. On January 1 1975 Aeroe and the isles declared themselves independent from Denmark under the name Republic of Aeroe and the isles. Soon after their independence, many private companies in Scandinavia, Germany and the Baltics moved to Aeroe because of the very low company taxes at that time.
In 1978 the Fairytale Casino opened. It was the first of many government owned casinos, in the present-day casino area of Marstal.
In 1980 Ærøskøbing, the old market town of Aeroe was closed down, and residents was forced to move. Most of them moved to Store Rise, Dunkær and Olde on the middle of Aeroe Island. In 1981 Ærøskøbing was opened as a museum town with houses dating back to the early 16th century.
In 1995 it was decided that Aeroe by 2000 should be 100 percent self-sufficient in renewable energy, in the same yar the solar heating plant was build in Marstal. It was, and still is the largest in the world.
In 1997 the Drejø Tourist Island was opened with tourist areas, hotels and an amusement park.
Through the 00'es Aeroe is still growing strong with more citizens every year and many tourists visiting the many attractions, casinos, beaches and the amusementparks of Drejø, søby and Avernakø.
Government & Politics
There are two levels of government in Aeroe; The National Government and the Local Governments. The local governments are represented in all the municipals of Aero, and elections are every four years. The National government is a unicameral government with 55 members elected for a four year term. Citizens sixteen years or older are eligible to vote in all election, and citizens eighteen years or older are eligible to stand for election.
The Head of State is the President, elected for a period of four years. The president approves the Head of Government, the statesminister, suggested by the members of parliament, and the other ministers suggested by the statesminister. The President must approve new laws before they can come in to action. He also represent the country on official visits to other countries.
- Freedom of speech: YES
- Freedom of religion: YES
- Church and state: DIVIDED
- Gay marriage: YES
- Gay adoption: YES
- Abortion: YES
- Death Penalty: NO
- Gun Rights: NO
- Freedom of Press: YES
- Right to protest: YES
- Minimum driving age: 18
- Voting age: 16
- Age of candidacy: 18
- Drinking age: 18
- Age of consent: 15
- Age of criminal responsibility: 12
- Age of majority: 18
The currency of Aeroe is the Aeroeic Krone.
The tourist sector contributes over fifty percent of Aeroe's GDP, with more than 3.3 million tourists visiting in 2010. Other key industries are banking, electronics, and renewable energies. The main agricultural products are cereals, pork and beef.
The corporate profits tax rate in Aeroe is 19 percent. Capital gains are subject to a five percent tax; interest is subject to a 13 percent withholding tax.
There are two ways of getting to Aeroe. The first is by one of the ferries sailing from United Kingdom of Scandinavia and Germany. Another way is by air to the Aeroe International Airport in Graasten Nor in the middle of the main island. Most of the planes going to Aeroe have to land in Germany, and then visitors are transported by smaller planes to the main island.
From the Main Island, ferries are connecting the smaller islands.
Only biocars and electrical cars are allowed in Aeroe. Tourists can rent cars and bikes several places around the country.
Holidays and Events
|January 1st||New Year's Day||Nytårsdag||Celebration of the new year.|
|January 6th||Holy three Kings Day||Helligtrekongersdag||Celebrated by "Masks" visiting their neighbours|
|Seven weeks before Easter||shrovetide||Fastelavn||An Aeroic Carnival|
|Sunday before Easter||Palm Sunday||Palmesøndag||Celebrating Jesus reaching Jerusalem|
|Thursday before Easter||Maundy Thursday||Skærtorsdag||Celebrating jesus' last supper|
|Friday before Easter||Good Friday||Langfredag|
|Saturday before Easter||Easter Saturday||Påskelørdag||Celebrated by going to the beaches boiling eggs|
|Easter Sunday||Easter Sunday||Påskesøndag|
|Easter Monday||Easter Monday||2. Påskedag|
|April 1st||Aprils Fools day||1. April||The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, enemies and neighbours, or sending them on fools' errands, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible.|
|May 1st||Labor day||Arbejdernes Kampdag||Left-wing policial day. Many people try to get a day off this day, and some even have it in their employment contract. A few people attend political meetings, though many - especially young people - meet at the sites of the political meetings to drink beer and other alcoholic beverages.|
|June 23rd||Saint Johns Eve||Sankt Hans Aften||Pre-Christianity celebration day, celebrating summer solstice on June 24. Sankt Hans (Johannes) is the Danish name of St. John the Baptist. The day is celebrated with a bonfire on the evening before.|
|October 31||Halloween||Allehelgensaften||According to superstition, the 31th of October is the night when witches, ghosts and dark forces are set loose to disgrace the saints celebrated on the following Allehelgensdag.|
|December 24th||Christmas eve||Juleaften||The celebration of Christmas in Aeroe starts in the evening, traditionally with a christmas tree, exchanging presents and having dinner with the family.|
|December 25th||1st day of Christmas||1. juledag|
|December 26th||2nd day of christmas||2. juledag|
|December 31st||New Years Eve||Nytårsaften||Mostly celebrated with friends and family. The President traditionally holds a televised speech at 6:00 PM. Midnight is celebrated with champagne, kransekage (lit. translated, ringcake)— an almond cake consisting of increasingly smaller and smaller rings stacked one on top of each other, creating an upside down cone form— and private displays of fireworks.|