Kyösti Kallio


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Kallio, Kyösti

 

Born Apr. 10, 1873, in Ylivieska; died Dec. 19, 1940, in Helsinki. Finnish state and political figure.

Kallio joined the Agrarian Party in 1906 and belonged to its right wing. In 1907 he became a deputy in the parliament and was its chairman many times (beginning in 1920). In the years 1922–24, 1925–26, 1929–30, and 1936–37, he was prime minister. From 1937 to 1940, while he was president of Finland, Kallio carried out a reactionary foreign policy favored by Finnish ruling circles.