Counselor of State (Finland)

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Counselor of State (Swedish: statsråd, Finnish: Valtioneuvos) is a Finnish title of honor awarded by the President of Finland to elder statesmen. It is one of two titles (the other being vuorineuvos) in the highest class of State of Finland honors. The tax of the titles are 48 400 euros or 12 100 euros.

Some Former Social Democratic Prime Ministers Rafael Paasio, Kalevi Sorsa and Paavo Lipponen all declined the honor when it was offered to them. Lipponen commented that no one outside Finland knows what Counselor of State is, and that he is satisfied with "former Prime Minister".

Title holders[edit]

Portrait Title holder
(born-died)
Awarded (year) Awarder (by President of Finland) Political career statues Party
Paasikivi fi01 06a.jpg Juho Kusti Paasikivi
(1870-1956)
1930 Lauri Kristian Relander President, Prime minister and member of parliament Finnish Party and National Coalition Party
Eemil Setälä.JPG E. N. Setälä
(1864-1935)
1934 P. E. Svinhufvud cabinet minister and member of parliament Young Finnish Party and National Coalition Party
Maaherra E.Y.Pehkonen pitämässä puhetta Oulu 1943.09.10.jpg Eero Yrjö Pehkonen
(1882-1949)
1948 Juho Kusti Paasikivi Provincial Governor, member of parliament and cabinet minister Agrarian League
Karl-August Fagerholm.jpg Karl-August Fagerholm
(1901-1984)
1969 Urho Kekkonen Speaker of Parliament and Prime minister Social Democratic Party
Martti-Miettunen.jpg Martti Miettunen
(1907-2002)
1977 Urho Kekkonen Speaker of Parliament, Member of parliament and Prime minister Center Party
Johannesvirolainen.jpg Johannes Virolainen
(1914-2000)
1989 Mauno Koivisto Speaker of Parliamet, Member of parliament and Prime Minister Center Party
Holkeri.jpg Harri Holkeri
(1937-2011)
1998 Martti Ahtisaari Prime minister and member of parliament National Coalition Party
Riitta Uosukainen.jpg Riitta Uosukainen
(born 1942)
2004 Tarja Halonen Speaker of Parliamet, Member of parliament and Minister National Coalition Party