President Sauli Niinistö playing hockey in a game against global warming at the Kallio Ice Rink on February 9, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

President Sauli Niinistö’s hip surgery has apparently gone well.

On Wednesday, he was tweeting from the recovery room.

“In the recovery room: the skiers’ hips are moving so naturally. That’s what we are going after,” Niinistö tweeted while watching the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

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President Niinistö’s, 70, hip surgery was well planned beforehand, and the operation is quite common. According to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), last year about 11,000 joints were replaced.

A few hours later Niinistö tweeted:

“It’s unnecessary to eat medicine—after a couple of tablets I have lost every chess game to the pad.”

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