svinhufvud, pehr evind

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svinhufvud, pehr evind

first chief of state of independent Finland, as prime minister and then as president. He headed the Finnish government during his country's civil war (1918) and in the early 1930s. He was instrumental in suppressing Finland's Communist Party and maintaining a rightist regime.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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