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Urho Kekkonen
Kekkonen
Historical Figure
Nationality: Finland
Date of Birth: 1900
Date of Death: 1986
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Religion: Lutheran
Occupation: Politician
Spouse: Sylvi Salome Uino (d. 1974)
Children: Matti, Taneli (sons)
Political Party: Agrarian League 1956-1965;
Centre Party 1965-1982
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Aftershocks
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Diplomat
Urho Kaleva Kekkonen (3 September 1900 – 31 August 1986) was a Finnish politician who served as Prime Minister of Finland (1950–1953, 1954–1956) and later as President of Finland (1956–1982). Kekkonen continued the "active neutrality" policy of his predecessor Juho Kusti Paasikivi, which came to be known as the Paasikivi-Kekkonen Line. This policy allowed Finland to retain independence and trade with both sides of the Cold War. Kekkonen was the longest-serving President of Finland.

Urho Kekkonen in WorldwarEdit

Urho Kekkonen was Finnish ambassador to the Soviet Union during the 1960s.[1] In 1965 he met with Soviet General Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov. Molotov, who remembered the Winter War of 1940, Finland's alliance with the Axis in World War II, and alignment with Germany ever afterward,[2] had long looked forward to extorting Finland into entering the Soviet sphere of influence in the aftermath of Germany's defeat in the Race-German War of 1965. Kekkonen turned the tables on Molotov by announcing that Finland had entered into negotiations with the Race to establish a Race military presence in Finland, giving them yet another staging area along the Soviet border in the event of a war between the Race and the Soviets.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Aftershocks, pg. 143.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pg. 144.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Karl-August Fagerholm
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
1948-1950
Succeeded by
Karl-August Fagerholm
Preceded by
Karl-August Fagerholm
Prime Minister of Finland
1950-1953
Succeeded by
Sakari Tuomioja
Preceded by
Ralf Törngren
Prime Minister of Finland
1954-1956
Succeeded by
Karl-August Fagerholm
Preceded by
Juho Kusti Paasikivi
President of Finland
1956-1982
Succeeded by
Mauno Koivisto

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