Finland: Favorite Son

Koivisto wins the presidency

The touch was perfect. While they were counting the votes, he was playing a rugged game of volleyball, which was exactly the kind of unassuming conduct that the Finns had grown to expect of him and which they much admire. When the tally was completed, Mauno Koivisto, 58, the son of a carpenter and the holder of a Ph.D. in sociology, last week won 50.1% of the vote, enough to be assured of becoming his country's next President when Finland's 301-member electoral college meets this week. Then Koivisto will...

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