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Sun, 13 Sep, 2015 12:40:07 AM
Sauli Niinistö considered second best
FTimes – STT Report, Sep 13
President of the LKS 20150912 Republic of newly selected Urho Kekkonen face an enigmatic hint of smile gets Tamminiemi February 15, 1956. Photo – Lehtikuva.
Finnish people consider former president Urho Kekkonen as the all-time best president of the country, according to a survey conducted by the Finnish language daily Savon Sanomat.
Every third Finn polled chose Kekkonen. The former president’s popularity was highest among older-age groups and Centre Party supporters, but even for those under 30, only Martti Ahtisaari held a greater popularity.
After Kekkonen, the incumbent president Sauli Niinistö secured the second position claiming 17 per cent support while his predecessor Tarja Halonen got 13 per cent, Martti Ahtisaari 11 per cent, and Mauno Koivisto 6 per cent.
The presidents preceding Kekkonen – Paasikivi, Mannerheim and Ryti – were less popular.
The survey was conducted through interviewing in which 1,000 people took part.
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