Finnish voters by a wide margin re-elected their president Sauli Niinisto this weekend. That’s good news for Lennu, the First Dog, who will remain in power as well and continue to charmthe Internet with his lopsided grin and his love of ham.
Lennu, who is often seen being carried by Niinisto or his wife Jenni Haukio, a poet. People in Finland first noticed Lennu, a Boston terrier for his irascible behaviour.
The world outside of Finland was first alerted to Lennu by a tweet from Daily Beast writer Kelly Weill.
excuse me but are you aware of Lennu, the Finnish president’s dog pic.twitter.com/sBVSOiExw6
— Kelly Weill (@KELLYWEILL) February 22, 2017
— Ville Valkonen (@ville_valkonen) February 23, 2017
In a “lame and boring” campaign for president in Finland, much missed has been Lennu, the country’s First Dog, a naughty, showboating scene-stealer. His master, the incumbent president, on the other hand, is seen as careful and cautious. https://t.co/j2WjxHUkku
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) January 28, 2018
Lennu κατούρα την κυρία σε παρακαλώ, κι έλα για μπισκοτάκι . pic.twitter.com/EYlTr5g9ty
— sεροτονίνη ❄ (@neurocandy_) January 27, 2018
New York Times interviewed me on the dull aspects of #Finland‘s presidential election. Could Lennu the Dog have made it more fascinating? https://t.co/f1fiynZ1fe #vaalit #vaalit2018 #presidentinvaalit2018 #presidentinvaalit #niinistö
— Teivo Teivainen (@TeivoTeivainen) January 27, 2018
There’s a reddit thread about why Lennu should be voted into power.
On YouTube, a video created by Momo
a video of Lennu set to the theme of Twin Peaks
There’s even a mobile app feature a dog name Lennu