URHO KEKKONEN

Urho Kaleva Kekkonen was a Finnish politician and the 8th president of Finland. His career as a president of Finland lasted for over 25 years. He was the president of Finland longest of all our presidents. His service as president started in 1956 and ended in 1981, when he had to abandon his presidential job and give it to the next president, Mauno Koivisto. Urho couldn’t continue his presidential job because he had some problems with his health. Urho Kekkonen also worked as the prime minister of Finland five times. 

Urho had a happy childhood. Urho was born in Pielavesi, Finland on the 3rd of September, 1900. Urho started his school in elementary school of Lapinlahti. After he had been three years in Lapinlahti, he moved first to Iisalmi mixed school and then the next year to Kajaani. Urho was the youngest student in the class. He liked to read history and fiction books. His father was working in forestry line and Urho could visit his father’s working place since he was 12 years old. Because of the good salary, his parents had enough money to send Urho to university.

Urho studied himself to be a doctor of law science. In the year 1932 Urho traveled to Germany and saw Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. After that experience Urho went back to Finland and joined  the center party of Finland. Later Urho got the job of the prime minister of Finland and then later in March of 1956 Urho was chosen to be the President of Finland. Urho left his presidential career on the 27th of January, 1982 and died on the 31st of August, 1986.