Paavo Rantanen

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Paavo Rantanen
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Paavo Rantanen in 2012.
Foreign Minister of Finland
In office
3 February 1995 – 13 April 1995
Preceded by Heikki Haavisto
Succeeded by Tarja Halonen
Personal details
Born (1934-02-28) 28 February 1934 (age 80)
Occupation diplomat

Paavo Rantanen (born 28 February 1934 in Jyväskylä)[1]is a former Finnish Foreign Ministry official, who was briefly the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Rantanen was an undersecretary of foreign trade before becoming the Finnish ambassador to Washington. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for thirty years, from 1958 to 1988. He also served in Nokia Executive Board 1988-1995, until he became a non-aligned Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Esko Aho's cabinet following the resignation of Heikki Haavisto. Rantanen was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for 70 days and he was forced to resign after the 1995 parliamentary elections.


  1. ^ "Ministerikortisto". Valtioneuvosto (Finnish Government). Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Heikki Haavisto
Foreign Minister of Finland
Succeeded by
Tarja Halonen