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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, 70, will have a hip surgery today.

According to the president’s office, the surgery has been well planned beforehand.

The surgery is quite common; in Finland, about 5,000 people receive a hip joint replacement yearly.

Niinistö said in an interview for Helsingin Sanomat that the 15,000 kilometers, which he has traveled on roller skates, may have had something to do with the wear on the joint.

According to Niinistö, he will likely be able to get back on his feet the following day.

Niinistö will continue performing his duties as usual. “I will surely be able to take care of the routine duties and will be able to meet people,” Niinistö said.

However, air travel is not recommended for a month after the surgery.