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Jyrki Katainen (born October 14, 1971) is the chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) and the current Prime Minister of Finland. Katainen became a member of Siilinjärvi municipal council in 1993. He was elected member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Northern Savonia in 1999, served as the vice-chairman of his party since 2001, becoming its leader in 2004. In the 2007 parliamentary election, the National Coalition led by Katainen won first place from the Social Democrats. Katainen became the Prime Minister in the new cabinet with Center, National Coalition, Greens, and Swedish People's party. In November 2008 Katainen gained recognition for his work, when the Financial Times named him as the best Prime Minister in Europe for economic affairs
Jyrki has presided over an economic boom in his time in office, encouraged by free trade policies and funding for scientific research.