Finnish Presidential Candidates Fail to Recognize Estonian PM

Finnish Presidential Candidate Pekka Haavisto (Green League) could not identify Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in a photograph. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
1/5/2012 4:07 PM
Category: Politics

Four Finnish presidential candidates were unable to identify Estonia's prime minister in a photo quiz posed to them by a newspaper.

In addition to missing the most powerful government official of their neighboring country, one that shares a cultural and linguistic heritage, the four contenders for the post as head of state of Finland also failed to recognize the prime ministers of China and India.

The quiz, conducted by Helsingin Sanomat, consisted of 20 face profiles of influential figures from around the world. One of the respondents, Paavo Arhinmäki (Left Alliance), is the current minister of culture, a post he held in 2011, when Tallinn and Finland's Turku shared the status as European Capital of Culture.

The other respondents were Eva Biaudet (Swedish People's Party), Sari Essayah (Christian Democrats) and Pekka Haavisto (Green League).

Even more alarmingly, Haavisto failed to recognize Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The candidates were, however, able to identify US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

There are four other candidates for the Finnish presidency.


Ott Tammik

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