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Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop's pay-off rises to $33m

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Image caption The announcement of Mr Elop's pay-off had triggered angry reactions in Finland

Former Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop received a bigger-than-expected pay-off as the firm finalised the sale of it handset business to Microsoft.

Mr Elop got 24.2m euros ($33.5m; £20m) - 30% more than the initial figure.

A large part of that was awarded in Nokia shares, which have risen after the sale of the unit was agreed.

When first reported, the pay-off had sparked angry reactions in Finland, not least because Nokia's business declined under the leadership of Mr Elop.

The country's economy minister, Jan Vapaavuori, had reportedly said at the time that he found it "difficult to understand the merits of this bonus".

Declining business

Mr Elop, a Canadian, became the first non-Finn to run the company when he took charge in September 2010.

Over the next three years, Nokia's fortunes plummeted as it was hurt by growing competition from rivals such as Apple and Samsung.

The company was eventually displaced by Samsung as the world's biggest mobile phone maker in 2012.

As its sales declined, its share price also dropped - falling by more than half between September 2010 and 2013.

Nokia eventually sold the handset business to Mircosoft last year for for 5.44bn euros ($7.5bn; £4.5bn). The deal was completed last week.

However, Nokia has said that Mr Elop was entitled to the pay-off as part of his contract.

The company said that 70% of the pay-off was funded by Microsoft.

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