|King of Finland|
Coat of arms of the King of Finland
|Heir apparent||Tito, Crown Prince of Finland|
|First monarch||Charles I|
|Residence||Royal Palace, Helsinki|
The King of Finland (Finnish: Suomen kuningas, Swedish: Finlands Konung) is the nation's head of state. Under the Finnish constitution, executive power is vested in the king and the government, with the king possessing only residual powers. The current monarch is King Kaarle II.
The monarchy of Finland has only been an independent sovereign monarchy once in its history. Finnish monarchs have always been part of greater monarchy based outside of Finland itself. When it finally became established as a modern independent nation-state, it became a monarchy backed by Germany at the conclusion of the First World War.
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