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The family stops state funeral

Sampo, Terho - Finnish Europe-, culture - and divided - lit on Twitter on Thursday night that the funeral of Matti Nykänen not the state. This happens after a conversation with the family.

I have talked with Matti Nykänens close relatives. After assessing it, they told me to inform that they wish to hold the funeral in the family, without a state ceremony. I hope they get the strength in sorgarbeidet. Mattis achievements will be honored in other ways, writes the minister.

The Finnish hopplegenden died on the night of Monday, 55-year-old. No later Friday, he held a concert at a restaurant in the Helsinki area. But he should have felt bad through the entire weekend.

his Wife, Pia Nykänen was together with her husband at home in Joutseno Sunday. He was clearly diminished and had difficulty performing normal activities. This she tells to the Finnish magazine Seiska. Around midnight she found him dead.

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the Whole hoppverden provides for Nykänens death. He won four OLYMPIC gold medals and five world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medals and was the 80's big star. Many in Finland thought it was natural with a funeral at the state expense. Others, again, reacted on this.

Eight people

- It is ridiculous. The cynical interpretation is that one takes advantage Nykänens name for political gain, said historieprofessor Henrik Meinander to Yle.

Only eight people have been buried at the government's expense in Finland since 1990. Among them is former prime minister Ahti Karjalainen and the former president Mauno Koivisto.

the Last time an athlete was the state buried, was Tapani Niku 30 years ago. He took the OLYMPIC bronze in the 18-kilometer during the first winter OLYMPICS in Chamonix in 1924.


for The weekend missed the world cup in Lahti. It is clear that there will be a selection after Nykänens demise.

the Cause of death is not conclusively confirmed. But he should have struggled with health problems the last year. Among other things, he had ascertained diabetes in the last year.

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