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Gunnar Aleksander Korhonen

diplomat , airline executive

Gunnar Aleksander Korhonen, Finnish airline executive, diplomat. Recipient Commander 1st Class, Order Lion Finland, Commander, 4th class with swords, Cross Liberty, Grand Decoration Gold with Star, Services Republic of Austria, Order of Nichan, Istikhar of Tunis, Commander, Legion Honour France, Merit medal, Finnish Defense Forces, Decoration of Grand Official in Gold, Italy, Grand Knight with Star Icelandic Order of Falcon.


Korhonen, Gunnar Aleksander was born on April 22, 1918 in Finland.


Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1941.


Office manager, head department Ministry Supply, 1944—1947. Secretary State Price & Wage Council, 1947. Vice president Oy Masalin & Company, 1947—1950.

President Hoyryvarustin Oy, 1950—1951. Head price department Ministry Social Affairs, 1951—1953. Director-in-chief trade & supply section Ministry Commerce & Industry, 1953—1960.

Chairman board directors, president Finnair, since 1960. Board directors State License Bureau, 1952—1960, Treasure Balance Prices Division, 1952—1958, Area Travel Agency Ltd., since 1960. Board administration Commercial television Finland, 1963—1974, International Chamber of C., Finnish Section, since 1966, Finnish Employers General Group, since 1968.

Chairman board directors Karair Oy, since 1968. Board administration Sampo-Tarmo Insurance Company, since 1971. Chairman board directors Interhotel Oy, 1968—1981, Nordic Hotel Oy, since 1975, Finnaviation Oy, since 1979.

Minister social affairs & public health, 1970. Minister trade & industry, 1970. Chairman Finnish Economic Council, 1957—1958.

Delegate Scandinavian Council, 1956—1959. Chairman Finnish Group Collaboration Committee Scandinavian Economics, 1957—1959, Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce, 1972—1977, Finnish-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, 1981—1984.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, boating, skiing.


Married 1st Elli Tamminen in 1941 (divorced). Married 2nd Seija Vapaa (nee Niemi) Korhonen in 1969.

Elli Tamminen Korhonen

Seija Vapaa Niemi Korhonen