Mauno Koivisto

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Mauno Koivisto
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9th President of Finland
In office
January 27, 1982 – March 1, 1994
Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa
Harri Holkeri
Esko Aho
Preceded by Urho Kekkonen
Succeeded by Martti Ahtisaari
Prime Minister of Finland
In office
May 26, 1979 – January 26, 1982
President Urho Kekkonen
Deputy Eino Uusitalo
Preceded by Kalevi Sorsa
Succeeded by Kalevi Sorsa
In office
March 3, 1968 – May 14, 1970
President Urho Kekkonen
Deputy Johannes Virolainen
Preceded by Rafael Paasio
Succeeded by Teuvo Aura
Personal details
Born November 25, 1923 (1923-11-25) (age 93)
Turku, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Taimi Tellervo, née Kankaanranta
Children Assi Koivisto (born 1957)
Religion Lutheran

Mauno Koivisto (born 25 November 1923 in Turku) is a retired Finnish politician. He was the ninth President of Finland.

Koivisto's family was not rich, his father was a carpenter building ships. His mother died when son was young. He finished school in young age, and took odd jobs. In Second world war Koivisto volunteered at the front. After the war he joined Social democratic party.[1]

Koivisto studied in his adult age and became doctor of law in 1953.[1]

In 1968 Koivisto become prime minister of Finland. People liked him very much. His popularity helped him to become president in 1982 when Urho Kekkonen was too sick to continue. Koivisto won a second term in election.[1]

As a president, Koivisto continued line of Kekkonen and was careful to practice neutral policy. This meant hthat he was not too visibly anti-soviet or pro-soviet. During his time Finland changed constituttion so that the president had less power than before.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Koivisto, Mauno (1923 - ) Finnish Dictionary of National Biography online.

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