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A woman and her dog observe the doorstep of the former Finnish president, Mauno Koivisto, at Helsinki’s Katajanokka district on Saturday morning, May 13, 2017. Funeral candles illuminate the front of the building to commemorate President Koivisto, who passed away at age 93. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The arrangements for the state funeral of the former Finnish president, Mauno Koivisto, will be decided at the government plenary session to be held at 10:30 on Wednesday, May 17. The plenary session will begin with the government observing a minute’s silence in memory of Mauno Koivisto.

During the session, the government will also set up a committee to make preparations for the state funeral. The committee, to be chaired by Foreign Minister Timo Soini, will convene the same day.

President Mauno Koivisto at the House of the Parliament in 1987. Picture: Paasikuva

A book of condolence for Mauno Koivisto will be opened at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, May, 16 at 10:00. Individuals or organizations may record their condolences in the book until Friday. The first entry in the book of condolence will be made by the President Sauli Niinistö.

Access to the Presidential Palace for the purpose of signing the book of condolence will be via the Mariankatu entrance at the following times: Tuesday, May 16 10:00–15:00, Wednesday, May 17 10:00–15:00, Thursday, May 18 10:00–18:00 and Friday, May 19 10:00–15:00. The address is Mariankatu 2 (glass doors).

Condolences may also be expressed online at This website will be available from 10:00 on Tuesday, May 16 until 15.00 on Friday 19 May.

The Prime Minister’s Office is responsible for arranging the state funeral. The preparations will respect the wishes of the family and will be made in close cooperation with the Office of the President of the Republic, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and numerous other parties.

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