Finland's new 'DIY' PM aims for business acumen in government

April 20, 2015 12:46 AM

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Finland's new 'DIY' PM aims for business acumen in government

HELSINKI (Reuters) - After only a few years of party leadership, Finland's next prime minister Juha Sipila beat electoral expectations by emphasizing his business acumen as a telecom millionaire executive while maintaining traditional Finnish roots that emphasize self-sufficiency.

One of his companies has built a pilot wood chip power plant in a northern town, allowing a block to switch off from the national power grid. He converted a Chevy pick-up truck to run on wood chips. And Sipila built a house for his family in three months.

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