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State funeral for former PM Harri Holkeri

The government is to give a state funeral for former Prime Minister Harri Holkeri who died last Sunday after a long illness at the age of 74.

Harri Holkeri 1937-2011
Harri Holkeri 1937-2011 Image: YLE

Emeritus Bishop Eero Huovinen will lead the service in Helsinki Cathedral on Saturday, August, 27. The service will be broadcast live by YLE.

State funerals are given for former Presidents and also by government decision to former state representatives and others.

In the last decade, state funerals were given to General Adolf Ehrnrooth and for former Prime Ministers Kalevi Sorsa and Johannes Virolainen.

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