Counselor of State (Finland)
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Counselor of State (Finnish: Valtioneuvos, Swedish: statsråd) 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. A tax on the titles of 48,400 euros or 12,100 euros must be paid by whoever proposes the title to a holder.
Some former Social Democratic prime ministers such as 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".
|Awarded (year)||Awarder (by President of Finland)||Political career statues||Party|
|Juho Kusti Paasikivi
|1930||Lauri Kristian Relander||President, Prime minister and member of parliament||Finnish Party and National Coalition Party|
|E. N. Setälä
|1934||P. E. Svinhufvud||cabinet minister and member of parliament||Young Finnish Party and National Coalition Party|
|Eero Yrjö Pehkonen
|1948||Juho Kusti Paasikivi||Provincial Governor, member of parliament and cabinet minister||Agrarian League|
|1969||Urho Kekkonen||Speaker of Parliament and Prime minister||Social Democratic Party|
|1977||Urho Kekkonen||Speaker of Parliament, Member of parliament and Prime minister||Center Party|
|1989||Mauno Koivisto||Speaker of Parliamet, Member of parliament and Prime Minister||Center Party|
|1998||Martti Ahtisaari||Prime minister and member of parliament||National Coalition Party|
|2004||Tarja Halonen||Speaker of Parliament, Member of parliament and Minister||National Coalition Party|