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Coalition appoints research minister

The Finnish government coalition has announced that Sanni Grahn-Laasonen will be the minister of education and culture, with responsibility for research.

Grahn-Laasonen, who was appointed on 29 May, comes from the centre-right Kokoomus party and was the environment minister under the previous government. She has a degree in political sciences from the University of Helsinki and has previously worked as a journalist.

On 27 May, the centre Keskusta party leader Juha Sipilä confirmed he would form a government with Kokoomus and the Eurosceptic Finns party. Sipilä has reduced the number of ministers from 19 to 14, and announced that the government intends to cut spending by €4 billion over its four year term to get Finland’s economy back on track. The largest cuts will be made to welfare spending (€800m), followed by research and education (€541m).

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