In 1959 first genuine Baltic Sea car ferry, the S/S Viking, was placed in traffic between the Finnish mainland, the Åland Islands and Sweden. This was the first phase of an almost revolutionary expansion in ferry communications. More than 50 vessels have sailed in the fleets of the Viking Ship companies, and over 175 million passengers have travelled with the company’s vessels since the start. Today Viking Line has seven vessels in traffic on the Baltic Sea serving more than 6,4 million passengers per year. Operations include passenger services, recreation and cargo carrier services. The number of employees is approximately 3,000. The company was listed on Helsinki Stock exchange in 1995.