Mauno Koivisto


Age: 93

the last president of Finland during the Cold War who led the Nordic nation out of the shadow of its huge eastern neighbor Soviet Union and into the European Union while he served two six-year terms between 1982 and 1994 enjoying great popularity among ordinary Finns, whose presidency marked the end of the long reign of predecessor Urho Kekkonen who had ruled Finland with an iron grip for 25 years until his resignation in 1981, but who was seen as ushering in a new, free era changing the face of the country by reducing the powers of the head of state and strengthening the role of Parliament, who was recognized for his foreign policy skills with a fine balancing act of maintaining the small country's good relations with the West (particularly the U.S.) and the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War years.

Cause of Death: Complications from Alzheimer's disease

Born: November 25, 1923

Died: May 12, 2017

Helsinki, Finland