Finland's New 'DIY' PM Aims for Business Acumen in Government

After only a few years of party leadership, Finland's next prime minister Juha Sipila beat electoral expectations by emphasizing his business acumen as a telecom millionaire executive while maintaining traditional Finnish roots that emphasize self-sufficiency. One of his companies has built a pilot wood chip power plant in a northern town, allowing a block to switch off from the national power grid. He also belongs to "Word of Peace", part of a Lutheran revival movement that helps to explain his appeal to conservative rural voters who are the foundation of his Centre Party. The Centre Party led the Finnish government in 2007-2011 but suffered a major loss in 2011 elections after the emergence of suspicious funding arrangements by some party members.



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