- Category : Politics-Heads-of-state
- Type : GE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 1
Finnish prime minister from 1962-1963 and again from 1970-1971.
The youngest of four children, he went off to serve in WWII as a 16-year-old. At the end of the war he earned his degree. He married Päivi Koskinen in 1947 and the couple had four children.
He entered politics in 1950 in service to then-prime minister Kekkonen; seven years later he had become second Revenue Minister. He continued to take on other political posts. Karjalainen suffered from a drinking problem which affected his career and eventually led to his resignation. He died of pancreatic cancer on September 7, 1990.