WÄLIKANGAS, Eino (until 1906 Buddén). Savonlinna 11.10.1889 — Helsinki 4.3.1960. Finnish Student of Indology and Diplomatist. Son of Emil Johannes B., a teacher, and Johanna Augusta Granit. Matriculated 1907 from Savonlinna school. Studies at Helsinki. Wrote his M.A. thesis in German philology in 1914, but planned a dissertation in Indology (under Reuter). In the 1910s also taught Sanskrit at the University (1915 & 1919). In 1918 joined the new diplomatic service of Finland and served partly in Finland, partly in Berlin, Washington, and as Ambassador in Buenos Aires (1934-37) and Rio de Janeiro (1937-45). Retired in 1947, but served then in Foreign Ministry in Helsinki in 1948-56.
Publications: No publications related to India (except an encyclopedia article on Tagore). The MSS. collection in Helsinki University Library contains a paper about ancient Indian state and a Finnish translation of the Nala episode and of the Sakuntalā.
Sources: Ulkoasainhallinnon matrikkeli 1918–1993. 2. Mikkeli 1996, 314f. with photo.