Martti Miettunen

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.[3]

Martti Miettunen
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27th Prime Minister of Finland[1]
In office
30 November 1975 – 15 May 1977
PresidentUrho Kekkonen
DeputyKalevi Sorsa
Ahti Karjalainen
Preceded byKeijo Liinamaa
Succeeded byKalevi Sorsa
In office
14 July 1961 – 13 April 1962
PresidentUrho Kekkonen
DeputyEemil Luukka
Preceded byV. J. Sukselainen
Succeeded byAhti Karjalainen
Minister of Agriculture
In office
22 March 1968 – 14 May 1970
Prime MinisterMauno Koivisto
Preceded byNestori Kaasalainen
Succeeded byNils Westermarck
In office
29 August 1958 – 13 November 1958
Prime MinisterKarl-August Fagerholm
Preceded byPauli Lehtosalo
Succeeded byUrho Kähönen
In office
3 March 1956 – 2 July 1957
Prime MinisterKarl-August Fagerholm
V. J. Sukselainen
Preceded byViljami Kalliokoski
Succeeded byKusti Eskola
In office
17 January 1951 – 17 November 1953
Prime MinisterUrho Kekkonen
Preceded byTaavi Vilhula
Succeeded byKalle Jutila
Minister of Transport and Public Works
In office
5 May 1954 – 3 March 1956
Prime MinisterRalf Törngren
Urho Kekkonen
Preceded byRalph Erik Serlachius
Succeeded byEino Palovesi
In office
17 March 1950 – 17 January 1951
Prime MinisterUrho Kekkonen
Preceded byOnni Peltonen
Succeeded byOnni Peltonen
Minister of Finance[2]
In office
2 July 1957 – 29 November 1957
Prime MinisterV. J. Sukselainen
Preceded byNils Meinander
Succeeded byLauri Hietanen
Personal details
Martti Juhani Miettunen

(1907-04-17)17 April 1907
Simo, Finland
Died19 January 2002(2002-01-19) (aged 94)
Kauniainen, Finland
Political partyCentre
Spouse(s)Alli Henriikka Salovaara (m. 1962)
Hilda Kaarina Kantola (1934–1961)

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.

He died at the age of 94 in the Kauniainen military hospital near Helsinki in early 2002.[4]



  1. ^ "Governments in chronological order". Finnish government (Valtioneuvosto). Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Council of State - Ministers of Finance". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Ministerikortisto". Valtioneuvosto.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Martti Miettunen at the Parliament of Finland Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Finland
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Finland
Succeeded by