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Vanhanen overhauls Mauno Koivisto among longest-serving prime ministers

Still some way to go to rival Kalevi Sorsa's 3,652 days

Vanhanen overhauls Mauno Koivisto among longest-serving prime ministers
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As of tomorrow, Saturday, the current government marks up one year in office and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (Centre Party) will have been in the post for 1,762 days in total.
      This also means Vanhanen will move up into fourth place in the lists of longest-serving heads of government, overtaking former President Mauno Koivisto. Koivisto held the job for 1,761 days in two governments from 1968-70 and 1979-82.
      Vanhanen only has a few months ahead of him before he gets onto the podium, as ahead of him is Urho Kekkonen (1900-1986), another former President, who held the post on five occasions in the 1950s for a total of 1,846 days (Finnish governments were notoriously more volatile and shorter-lived in those days).
      Kekkonen's real political longevity came as President of the Republic - he was in office from 1956 until his withdrawal on health grounds in early 1982.
Thereafter, things get appreciably tougher for Vanhanen, as Paavo Lipponen had two entire terms of 1,464 days each between 1995 and 2003, while Kalevi Sorsa (1930-2004) is still miles ahead of the field with a massive 3,652 days in four governments between 1972 and 1987.
Vanhanen became Prime Minister for the first time in June 2003, following the resignation of Anneli Jäätteenmäki (Centre Party), who served just 69 days.
      The second Vanhanen cabinet, a "blue-green" coalition of Centre Party, National Coalition Party, Greens, and Swedish People's Party, was sworn in on April 19th, 2007.

Previously in HS International Edition:
  Finland´s new government takes office (19.4.2007)

  Finnish Government pages

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  18.4.2008 - TODAY
 Vanhanen overhauls Mauno Koivisto among longest-serving prime ministers

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