President Urho Kekkonen, Finland’s most influential and significant statesman during its independence, will finally be the topic of an extensive television documentary series. Through Kekkonen’s life and career, the series also reflects on the development of entire Finnish society from 1917 until the 2000s.
The series is produced in close collaboration with YLE, whose archives contain more film and audio material on Kekkonen than on any other Finn, living or deceased. Another key theme in the programme is to collect oral history on Urko Kekkonen and, for example, photographs of him taken by private individuals in different situations. The documentary series’ website is mainly compiled from content created in collaboration with the public.
Despite the formidable subject, the series will not ignore humour, and a section of it will be dedicated to Kekkonen jokes and cartoons as well as the numerous gifts he received from citizens and on state visits, stored at the Kekkonen Museum.