Harri Holkeri

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Valtioneuvos (Counselor of State)
Harri Holkeri
KBE
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Prime Minister of Finland
In office
April 30, 1987 – April 26, 1991
President Mauno Koivisto
Deputy Kalevi Sorsa (1987–1989)
Pertti Paasio (1989–1991)
Preceded by Kalevi Sorsa
Succeeded by Esko Aho
Personal details
Born (1937-01-06)January 6, 1937
Oripää, Finland
Died August 7, 2011(2011-08-07) (aged 74)
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party National Coalition Party of Finland
Spouse(s) Marja-Liisa Lepistö
Alma mater University of Helsinki
Profession Master of Political Sciences

Harri Hermanni Holkeri KBE (Hon) (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈhɑrːi ˈhermɑnːi ˈholkeri]) (January 6, 1937 – August 7, 2011)[1] was a Finnish statesman representing the National Coalition Party of Finland (Kokoomus / Samlingspartiet). He was the Prime Minister of Finland 1987–1991,[2] speaker of the UN General Assembly 2000–2001 and headed the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo from 2003- 2004 (leaving the position in the spring of the second year because of health issues).

Domestic offices[edit]

Harri Holkeri was member of the board of directors of the Bank of Finland from 1978–97, and candidate in the president elections of 1982 and 1988. He also served as a member of Parliament from 1970 to 1978 and as the chairman of the National Coalition (Conservative) Party from 1971 to 1979.[3] On July 1, 1991, he made the world's first GSM call. The historic call used Nokia gear on GSM's original 900MHz band.

Legacy[edit]

He chaired the United Nations General Assembly, 2000–2001. He also played a constructive role in securing the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Holkeri was awarded the highest Finnish honorary title of Valtioneuvos (Counselor of State) in 1998 by the President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari.

Foreign[edit]

Holkeri's efforts in Northern Ireland were rewarded with an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harri Holkeri on kuollpt". MTV3 (in Finnish). 7 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ministerikortisto". Valtioneuvosto. 
  3. ^ "What Where When – Citizen's Yearbook"/Mitä Missä Milloin – Kansalaisen vuosikirja, editions 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980; Otava Publications Ltd., Helsinki, Finland)
  4. ^ a b "Ex-PM Harri Holkeri dies at 74". YLE. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Kalevi Sorsa
Prime Minister of Finland
1987–1991
Succeeded by
Esko Aho
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Theo-Ben Gurirab
President of the United Nations General Assembly
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Han Seung-soo