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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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Gallery: Glorious weather crowns May Day celebrations in Helsinki

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Perfect spring weather occurring on a holiday Sunday saw Helsinki residents converge on different parts of the city in high spirits. May Day revelers making merry in Helsinki’s Kaivopuisto didn’t stint on the occasion as they put out lavish picnic spreads. In Citizen’s Square, residents soaked up political speeches as well as music. The Presidential couple received the student union choir, and anarchists took to the streets.

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Govt parties defend administration's policies at May Day events

Coalition parties used the occasion of May Day to close ranks and defend the administration’s record during its year in government. Centre Party secretary Timo Laaninen said that Finland was now on the right path and listed the government’s achievements. The Finns Party’s Sampo Terho said the party has not strayed from its roots and the National Coalition Party’s Arto Satonen said that the government’s employment and entrepreneurship policies are bound to create new jobs.

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Opposition, labour leaders slam govt’s job creation efforts in May Day speeches

Opposition parties and labour unions lined up to take down the government’s attempt to create jobs during traditional May Day speeches Sunday. Opposition SDP chair Antti Rinne said the party had an alternative plan to create tens of thousands of jobs this year, while outgoing Left Alliance leader Paavo Arhinmäki accused the administration of a neo-liberal agenda of which Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan would be proud. Trade union confederation chair Lauri Lyly said government’s focus had been on tightening conditions for receiving unemployment benefits.

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