Martti Miettunen

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Valtioneuvos (Counselor of State)
Martti Miettunen
27th Prime Minister of Finland[1]
In office
14 July 1961 – 13 April 1962
President Urho Kekkonen
Deputy Eemil Luukka
Preceded by V. J. Sukselainen
Succeeded by Ahti Karjalainen
In office
30 November 1975 – 15 May 1977
President Urho Kekkonen
Deputy Kalevi Sorsa (1975–1976)
Ahti Karjalainen (1976–1977)
Preceded by Keijo Liinamaa
Succeeded by Kalevi Sorsa
Minister of Agriculture
In office
17 January 1951 – 16 November 1953
Preceded by Taavi Vilhula
Succeeded by Kalle Jutila
In office
3 March 1956 – 1 July 1957
Preceded by Viljami Kalliokoski
Succeeded by Kusti Eskola
In office
29 August 1958 – 13 November 1958
Preceded by Pauli Lehtosalo
Succeeded by Urho Kähönen
In office
22 March 1968 – 13 May 1970
Preceded by Nestori Kaasalainen
Succeeded by Nils Westermarck
Minister of Transport and Public Works
In office
17 March 1950 – 16 January 1951
Preceded by Onni Peltonen
Succeeded by Onni Peltonen
In office
5 May 1954 – 2 March 1956
Preceded by Ralph Erik Serlachius
Succeeded by Eino Palovesi
Minister of Finance
In office
2 July 1957 – 28 November 1957
Preceded by Nils Meinander
Succeeded by Lauri Hietanen
Personal details
Born (1907-04-17)17 April 1907
Simo, Finland
Died 19 January 2002(2002-01-19) (aged 94)
near Helsinki, Finland
Political party Centre Party

Martti Juhani Miettunen (17 April 1907 – 19 January 2002), was a Finnish politician who served twice as Finland's prime minister, from 1961 to 1962 and again from 1975 to 1977.[2]

Miettunen was born in Simo, the son of a smallholder. He studied agriculture, and worked as a farmer and an agricultural advisor before entering politics.[3] He served in Parliament as a representative for the Agrarian Party from 1945 to 1958, and then served as Governor of the Province of Lapland from 1958 to 1973. He was awarded the honorary title of Counsellor of State in 1977.[3]

He died at the age of 94 in the Kauniainen military hospital near Helsinki in early 2002.[3]

Miettunen served as a cabinet minister for 4,300 days, the eighth-longest period of service in Finnish political history. He was also known as President Urho Kekkonen's right-hand man.



  1. ^ "Governments in chronological order". Finnish government (Valtioneuvosto). Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ministerikortisto". Valtioneuvosto. 
  3. ^ a b c Martti Miettunen at the Parliament of Finland
Political offices
Preceded by
Jussi Sukselainen
Prime Ministers of Finland
Succeeded by
Ahti Karjalainen
Preceded by
Keijo Liinamaa
Prime Ministers of Finland
Succeeded by
Kalevi Sorsa