31 Mar '17, 3am

Flying Finnish PM pays for own flights in order to save country’s money https://t.co/XGsDn9Wpd7

Flying Finnish PM pays for own flights in order to save country’s money https://t.co/XGsDn9Wpd7

HELSINKI — While celebrities like John Travolta and Tom Cruise are known for piloting their own planes, few world leaders fly themselves on state business, but Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila is one. A keen aviator and committed to austerity — and saving taxpayers’ money — Mr Sipila occasionally pilots a private jet on his official travels — and foots the bill himself to boot. Since taking office in May 2015, the money-conscious former businessman has flown himself on 19 official trips in Finland and abroad, the prime minister’s office told AFP. Last year Mr Sipila, 55, flew over 5,000km from Finland to the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator for an Asia-Europe meeting, and some 1,400km to meet fellow EU leaders in Bratislava. The softly-spoken engineer earned millions as an IT entrepreneur before entering politics to become Finland’s prime minister in 2015. He has vowed to ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/world/europe/flying-finnish-pm...

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