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Mauno Henrik Koivisto

president of state

Mauno Henrik Koivisto, former president of Finland.


Mauno Koivisto was born in 1923, the second son in the family of a ship’s carpenter. A sister was born three years later. His father had been lost to sea and had there experienced a religious awakening which was reflected in the family's life. He regarded Saturday as holy, for example - though he was not an Adventist. Mauno’s mother was the daughter of a precentor.

The tough experiences of his childhood included the death of his mother when the boy was ten and the practical household problems that began when his father was left as a single parent. After attending primary school, Koivisto had a number of jobs, and when the Winter War broke out, he joined a lire-righting unit at the age of sixteen, moving on from there to various workplaces. In the summer of 1940, during the Interim Peace, Koivisto was already keeping abreast of public issues to such an extent that he was “never terrified in the same way" as he was at that time.


Doctor of Philosophy, University Turku, 1956. Doctor of Political Science (honorary), University Turku, 1977. Doctor of Commercial Science (honorary), Abo Akademy, 1978.

Doctor of Sociology honoris causa, University Toulouse, France, 1983. Doctor of Science Society (honorary), University Tampere, 1985. Doctor of Political Science (honorary), University Helsinki, 1986.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Helsinki, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Prague, 1987. Doctor of Technology (honorary), Helsinki University of Technology, 1988.

Doctor of Commercial Science (honorary), Helsinki School of Economics, 1991.


Managing director Helsinki Worker's Savings Bank, 1959-1967. Governor Bank of Finland, 1968-1982. Chairman board Postipankki, 1970-1982, Mortgage Bank of Finland Oy, 1971-1982.

Governor for Finland International Bank Reconstrn. Development, 1966-1969, International Monetary Fund, 1970-1979. Board administration Co-operation Union KK, 1964-1982.

Chairman board administration Co-operation Society ELANTO, 1966-1982. Minister finance Republic of Finland, 1966-1967, 72, deputy prime minister, 1972, prime minister, 1968-1970, 79-82, president, 1982-1994.


Quotations: "The important thing is the movement, not the goal."


Married Taimi Tellervo Kankaanranta, June 22, 1952. 1 daughter, Assi.

Juho Koivisto

Hymni Sofia (Eskola) Koivisto

Taimi Tellervo Kankaanranta