V. J. Sukselainen

Vieno John Sukselainen ( until 1928: Saari, born October 12, 1906 in Paimio, † April 6, 1995 in Lohja ) was a Finnish politician and Prime Minister.

Study and career

John " Jussi " Sukselainen worked after studying social sciences at the University of Tampere as a professor of social sciences, and from 1969 to 1978 as rector of the University of Tampere.

He was the 1954-1971 Director General of the Social Insurance Institution ( KELA ).

Political career

Party Chairman, Deputy Parliament Speaker

Sukselainen began his political career in 1945 with the election of the Chairman of the Agrarian League (ML ). This office he held until 1964 and was then succeeded by John Virolainen, under which the Land League in 1965 in Centre Party ( KESK ) renamed. As such, he represented the interests of the country and later the Federal KESK 1948 to 1970 and from 1972 to 1978 as a member of the Reichstag.

The Reichstag elected him from 1956 to 1957, 1958, 1968 to 1970 and 1972 to 1975 as Chairman of Parliament.

Ministers and Prime Minister

From 1950 to 1951, and then until 1953 Sukselainen Finance ministers in the first cabinet of Urho Kekkonen.

On May 27, 1957, he became Prime Minister of a coalition government of the Land League (ML ), Finnish People's Party ( LKP ) and the Swedish People's Party ( SFP) for the first time. In addition, he appointed some non-party ministers in his cabinet. However, this minority government was forced to resign early as October 29, 1957 again.

On January 13, 1959, he was again prime minister of a coalition government from ML and SFP. However, this minority government could rely only on a quarter of the deputies and was therefore unstable. A vote of no confidence of the Communist SKDL 1960 failed. However Sukselainen was replaced after an eleven-day transitional government of Eemil Vihtori Luukka on 14 July 1961 by Martti Miettunen as Prime Minister. In 1961 he was briefly acting Foreign Minister.

Biographical sources and background information

  • Biographical information on the Webssite of the Finnish Parliament
  • Literature of and over Vieno Sukselainen in the catalog that German national library