On 17 May, the Government decided to arrange a state funeral financed by the Government for former President of the Republic Mauno Koivisto. The funeral will be held on 25 May. The Government also set up a committee to prepare the funeral arrangements. Minister of Foreign Affairs Timo Soini is chairing the committee and the vice-chair is Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary from the Prime Minister’s Office.
In its plenary session, the Government observed a minute’s silence in memory of Mauno Koivisto.