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Aspects of the Governing of the Finns

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George Maude

Aspects of the Governing of the Finns surveys both the political and economic impacts of certain domestic and international forces on Finland. This book follows a wide range of history – from the revolution of 1918 to the present-day uneasiness of ever-encroaching capitalism.

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CHAPTER V.

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CHAPTER 5 THE POWER OF DISEQUILIBRIUM ECONOMICS Independence Day, 6 December 1981, was not a particularly inspiring occasion, especially because of the illness and incapacity of the president, while the acting president, the prime minister Mauno Koivisto, decided to perform presidential duties without a lot of comment, perhaps because he was to be a prominent contender in the forthcoming election for the presidency— which he was to win. The great presidential ball was not held on Independence Day 1981, but a subdued reception of 1,700 M.P.s, Cabinet members, civil servants, foreign and domestic diplomats, cultural dignitaries and sportsmen assembled in the recently-built Finlandia Hall The “shower” of medals, normally a prominent feature of the news of the day, did not occur.1 However, military parades took place all over Finland and the one designated to be the “national parade” was held in the small town of Joensuu in south-eastern Finland. But a snowstorm prevented the fly-past of the Mig- fighter planes These Soviet planes, with the accompanying Fouga-Magister fighters bought from Sweden, were the pride of the Finnish defence forces, the former, at least, being equipped with air-to-air missiles in accordance with the hard-won alleviation of the terms of the 1947 Finnish peace treaty.2 The Joensuu parade thus showed the more conventional artillery and anti-aircraft guns of the land forces, but demonstrators there reached the peak of modernity by distributing leaflets advocating the establishment of a Nordic nuclear-weapon-free zone.3 Ironically, this latter was still a pet-project of Kekkonen’s, who, late...

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