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Mr. Inappropriate

Watch the gentleman sitting next to Princess Margaret of Denmark.

 

Jay Leno showed this clip which became big news in Finland and Denmark.

Mr. Inappropriate is Pentti Arajärvi. Spouse of Finland President Tarja Halonen :)

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Pro-euro candidate leads Finland presidential vote - CNN.com

Pro-euro candidate leads Finland presidential vote - CNN.com | Finland | Scoop.it

CNN) -- Two pro-euro candidates appeared headed for a February runoff in Finland's presidential race after a first round of voting Sunday, according to complete results.
With all boxes reporting, conservative former Finance Minister Sauli Niinisto had a solid lead with just under 37% percent of the vote. Meanwhile, pro-European Green League candidate Pekka Haavisto passed euro-skeptic Paavo Vayrynen to claim the No. 2 spot, with 18.8% over Vayrynen's 17.5%. Vayrynen had been running second in earlier returns.


Niinisto and Haavisto -- Finland's first openly gay presidential candidate, according to Finnish media -- are vying to succeed Tarja Halonen, Finland's first female president. Halonen has has reached her two-term limit after beating back a challenge from Niinisto, of the conservative National Coalition Party, in 2006.

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Independence Day greetings from the President of the Republic of Finland to expatriate Finnish communities, 6 December 2011 - Embassy of Finland, Sofia : Current Affairs : Ministry for Foreign Affa...

Independence Day greetings from the President of the Republic of Finland to expatriate Finnish communities, 6 December 2011 - Embassy of Finland, Sofia : Current Affairs : Ministry for Foreign Affa... | Finland | Scoop.it

Today, we celebrate Independence Day, paying tribute to all those who have helped to build our country into an equal welfare society.
Finland is part of a global world. We are actively involved in the European Union, the United Nations and numerous other international organisations. We have demonstrated Finland’s willingness to seek common solutions even in difficult situations...

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Military officer fined over Halonen comments

Military officer fined over Halonen comments | Finland | Scoop.it
A court fined a Finnish army officer on Tuesday over his comments to
conscripts that, since President Tarja Halonen is a woman, she is unsuited
for her other official post of Commander-in-Chief.
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President Halonen lashes out against hate speech and intolerance - Helsingin Sanomat

President Halonen lashes out against hate speech and intolerance - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

President Halonen feels that a “great majority of Finns” oppose xenophobia and the fanning of fear. She appeals to this majority to firmly say no to extremist movements.

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UN Secretary General on visit

UN Secretary General on visit | Finland | Scoop.it
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Finland Friday for a three-day visit at the invitation of President Tarja Halonen.
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In St Petersburg, Halonen voices approval

In St Petersburg, Halonen voices approval | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen, on a visit to Russia on Saturday, she expressed satisfaction that the new cabinet had been formed, while predicting that it would face difficulties.

Also at the forum, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev praised Russian-Finnish relations, saying they are "on the highest level".
He added that Moscow wants to expand the relationship with "new contracts and agreements in the humanitarian and other fields".
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Halonen: Finland not a problem for the EU

Halonen: Finland not a problem for the EU | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish President Tarja Halonen says that Finland will not cause trouble for the European Union at the June summit, when EU states will decide on new loans to Greece.
Halonen began a two-day visit to Brussels yesterday to take part in a meeting of the Panel on Global Sustainability.

“I don’t know whether I would be promising too much in saying that Finland will not cause concerns in June. We have our own decisions and our own positions, but I believe that Finns are quite practical,” she said.
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President Surprised at Breakdown in Government Talks

President Surprised at Breakdown in Government Talks | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen has expressed surprise at the breakdown in ongoing government formation talks. According to the President, the information she had previously received about the progress of the negotiations inspired hope.

“In international terms, these negotiations have not been drawn out. But when we consider the divisive issues and the European economic situation, I really hope that we ensure that we have the kind of accord that can last in the Parliament,” Halonen added.
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President Wants Anti-Racism Action Pledges from New Government

President Wants Anti-Racism Action Pledges from New Government | Finland | Scoop.it
According to President Tarja Halonen, racism and xenophobia have increased in Finland. In an address to a gathering marking the 50th anniversary of the human rights group Amnesty International, she emphasized the role that a new government will have in resisting this trend.
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Nadi.fi: Finnish Presidents

Nadi.fi: Finnish Presidents | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish presidents are not so famous and "much-touted" as American Presidents. Anyway, there were 11 presidents (with current Tarja Halonen) in the Finnish history of being an Independent Republic.
The President of the Republic of Finland is the nation's head of state. Under the Finnish constitution, executive power is vested in the President and the government, with the President possessing extensive powers. The President is elected directly by the people of Finland for a term of six years. Since 1991, no President may be elected for more than two consecutive terms. The President must be a native-born Finnish citizen. The office was established by the Constitution Act of 1919. The current office-holder is President Tarja Halonen.
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Mikko Koivu, left, captain of Team Finland, ice hockey world champions 2011, gives the trophy to Finnish President Tarja Halonen during celebrations in the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland, Monda...

Mikko Koivu, left, captain of Team Finland, ice hockey world champions 2011, gives the trophy to Finnish President Tarja Halonen during celebrations in the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland, Monda... | Finland | Scoop.it
View the photo Mikko Koivu, left, captain of Team Finland, ice hockey world champions 2011, gives the trophy to Finnish President Tarja Halonen during celebrations in the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 16, 2011.
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The celebration continues - boosted by @TarjaHalonen on Twitpic

The celebration continues - boosted by @TarjaHalonen on Twitpic | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen joining the celebration at the Market Square
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Pundit: Left's election result 'catastrophic'

Pundit: Left's election result 'catastrophic' | Finland | Scoop.it

The combined vote for Left Alliance leader Paavo Arhinmäki and Social Democrat candidate Paavo Lipponen in Sunday’s presidential election was historically low, at just 13.2 percent. The country will now elect its first non-Social Democrat president for thirty years.
YLE election pundit Risto Uimonen argued that the left’s combined result was catastrophic. He said the lack of trade union support hindered efforts to get out traditional left-wing voters.
“SAK (blue collar trade union confederation) support was decisive for Martti Ahtisaari and Tarja Halonen,” said Uimonen, recalling Finland’s last two presidents. They are both Social Democrats, as is Mauno Koivisto, Ahtisaari’s predecessor.

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President Halonen: Racism will not remove injustice - YLE News

President Halonen: Racism will not remove injustice - YLE News | Finland | Scoop.it
  The President reminded Finns that the language and practice of intolerance fed unwanted phenomena.
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MICHAEL MONROE Invited To Finland's Annual President's Independence Day ... - Blabbermouth.net

MICHAEL MONROE Invited To Finland's Annual President's Independence Day ... - Blabbermouth.net | Finland | Scoop.it

Former HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe has been invited to Finland's annual President's Independence Day reception, set to take place on December 6. The event — one of the main features on the country's social calendar — is broadcast on television and many of Finland's best known politicians, executives, academics, artists and others who have had significant achievements during the year can be seen formally greeting the president before taking a twirl on the dance floor.

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Halonen: Gov't must tackle economy & racism

Halonen: Gov't must tackle economy & racism | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen has expressed the hope that the cabinet will be able
to cope with two major problems simultaneously this autumn. She says that
along with the financial crisis, it should also ensure that racism does not
proliferate.
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Tarja Halonen: voice for the rights of Finland’s poor

Tarja Halonen: voice for the rights of Finland’s poor | Finland | Scoop.it
Tarja Halonen, is the first female head of state and eleventh president of Republic of Finland. Widely recognised as a global humanitarian, the trained attorney turned politician, apart from making her mark in Finland’s political scene, has always sought after workers’ welfare and more importantly, the rights of women. TOLUWANI OLAMITOKE takes a look at her activities.
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Russia, Finland great partners – Presidents

Russia, Finland great partners – Presidents | Finland | Scoop.it
At a separate meeting on the fringes of the St Petersburg Economic Forum on Saturday, President Medvedev and his Finnish counterpart Tarja Halonen discussed plans for an even broader economic partnership between their countries...
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President avoids meddling in gov't talks

President avoids meddling in gov't talks | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen is avoiding too much involvement in talks aimed at forming a new government in Finland. Interviewed by YLE in Brussels, President Halonen pointed out that Parliament wants that the process of creating a new cabinet should be in the hands of legislators.
Halonen said that not everything has to be spelled out in the Constitution or the law, rather one can set sensible limits and make decisions oneself.
"For example, that Finance Minister Katainen himself set a deadline for Friday. I think it's a good thing," she told YLE.
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Renowned Malawi scholar honoured in Finland | Malawi news

Renowned Malawi scholar honoured in Finland | Malawi news | Finland | Scoop.it
A renowned Malawian scholar in economics was among a group of six luminaries who have been honoured by the University of Helsinki in Finland for their contribution to global socio-economic development.

The university announced that Thandika Mkandawire, the Malawi-born London School of Economics African Development Professor, was decorated with an honorary (honoris causa) Doctor of Social Sciences at a colourful ceremony in Helsinki, the Finnish capital, on Friday evening. The ceremony was attended by the President of Finland,Tarja Halonen.
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HAHA:) The president of Finland welcoming Adam upon his arrival on Twitpic

HAHA:)  The president of Finland welcoming Adam upon his arrival on Twitpic | Finland | Scoop.it
someone's been photoshopping:) Adam is dating our own boy, Sauli Koskinen... fans are obviously waiting for him to arrive in Finland with Sauli
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Halonen Concerned about Xenophobia

Halonen Concerned about Xenophobia | Finland | Scoop.it
President Tarja Halonen has voiced concern over racism and xenophobia that manifest among the True Finns. Halonen made her statements in response to a Croatian journalist, in connection with the official visit of Croatian President Ivo Josipovic to Finland.
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Hockey Team's liberal celebrations find sympathy from President Halonen

Hockey Team's liberal celebrations find sympathy from President Halonen | Finland | Scoop.it
The furore over the apparent public drunkeness of some members of the returning Finnish Lions ice hockey team after their triumph at the IIHF World Championships in Bratislava continues to rumble on, with some sponsors and high-profile figures weighing in on both sides in the "They were right out of order" vs. "They earned the right to party" debate.
In the general melée, the championship trophy was dented, the ice hockey boss issued a rebuke, and the sponsors made disapproving noises, while President Tarja Halonen took a more understanding line.
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Finland fetes world champion ice hockey team | The Associated ...

Finland fetes world champion ice hockey team | The Associated ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Mikko Koivu, left, captain of Team Finland, ice hockey world champions 2011, gives the trophy to Finnish President Tarja Halonen during celebrations in the Market Square in Helsinki, Finland, Monday May 16, 2011. Tens of thousands of flag-waving ice hockey fans gathered on the streets of the capital to welcome home Finland's world champions. Finland beat archrival Sweden 6-1 in the final on Sunday in Bratislava, Slovakia, to claim the Nordic country's second world championship

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/sports/2011/05/finland-fetes-world-champion-ice-hockey-team#ixzz1MalT75bb
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