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politician , member of parliament of Finland

Iiro Viinanen, Finnish Finance company executive. Member Riihimäki city Council, 1977-1995, 1st vice chairman, 1985-1994; chairman Etelä-Häme district National Coalition Party, 1989-1991, member party executive, 1989-1991, chairman parliamentary group, 1990-1991.

Background

Viinanen, Iiro was born on September 27, 1944 in Kuopio, Finland.

Education

Viinanen graduated as an engineer from a Tampere institute in 1967 and as a M.Sc.

Career

Tech. from Helsinki University of Technology in 1974. He served as the Minister of Finance from 1991 to 1996. During his term as a minister, Finland went through its worst recession in history.

As the Minister of Finance in Prime Minister Esko Aho's cabinet he led strict budget discipline. He stated that unless budget is cut, Finland can no longer borrow money from foreign countries. Reactions towards his actions caused either strong approval or strong disapproval.

Some felt he saved the treasury and some felt he ruined the Finnish welfare state. In 1996 he was appointed CEO of insurance company Pohjola. He served as a vice chairman of Nokia from 1996 to 2000.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000, forcing him to retire.

Politics

His political party was National Coalition Party.

Membership

Member Riihimäki city Council, 1977-1995, 1st vice chairman, 1985-1994. Chairman Etelä-Häme district National Coalition Party, 1989-1991, member party executive, 1989-1991, chairman parliamentary group, 1990-1991.

Connections

Married Pirjo Anneli Johansson, 1967.

spouse:
Pirjo Anneli Johansson