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Päivi Räsänen, the minister of the interior. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Päivi Räsänen, the minister of the interior. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

After the car crash on Monday, interior minister Päivi Räsänen is on sick leave until Sunday February 8.

The hard collision caused bruising in the chest and stomach areas and she was rushed from the Kymenlaakso Central Hospital to Töölö Hospital in Helsinki on Monday afternoon.

After staying overnight in the hospital, the examinations revealed that Räsänen is free from internal injuries and the outer inujuries will heal shortly.

Räsänen was also under observation for a headache, dizziness and neck pain.

Räsänen will be released from the hospital today and she has been granted a permission to work from home.

“I am thankful that this traffic accident didn’t cause any casualties and serious injuries to anybody. I thank my chauffeur for skilful action in a surprising situation. I also warmly thank the skilful rescue and first aid personnel and the good treatment I received in the hospitals in Kotka and Helsinki,” Räsänen said in a bulletin.

“I want to also thank the vast amount of supporting messages. I am sure that many of the prayers have been heard.”