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Skiing legend Eero Mäntyranta dead at 76

One of Finland’s all-time most successful competitive skiers, Eero Mäntyranta, died Monday in Oulu at the age of 76.

Hiihtäjä Eero Mäntyranta.
Eero Mäntyranta. Image: Yle Arkisto

During his active career in the 1960s, Mäntyranta won seven Olympic medals including three gold. He also won five World Championships medals, among them two individual championships in the 30 kilometre event.

In his later years, Mäntyranta lived as a reindeer herder in Pello in Finnish Lapland. He was also a keen reindeer racing enthusiast.

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Government forced to pass baton on flagship reform programme

Government has put to rest hopes of implementing an ambitious social and health care reform programme before upcoming parliamentary elections. The scheme – over which the administration, ministries and municipalities have wrestled for years – finally faltered over its inability to reconcile key issues with the constitution. With Parliament heading into recess next week ahead of April’s general election, it now falls to the incoming administration to take the proposal forward.

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