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Suomen tasavallan kahdestoista presidentti. | The 12th and current President of Finland.
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Sauli Niinistö Biography

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Sauli Väinämö Niinistö (s. 24. elokuuta 1948 Salo) on Suomen tasavallan kahdestoista presidentti. Hänen toimikautensa alkoi 1. maaliskuuta 2012.

 

Juristina työskennellyt Niinistö toimi kansanedustajana vuosina 1987–2003 ja 2007–2011 ja Kansallisen Kokoomuksen puheenjohtajana 1994–2001. Hän oli mukana Paavo Lipposen ensimmäisessä ja toisessa hallituksessa, ensin oikeusministerinä 1995–1996 ja myöhemmin valtiovarainministerinä 1996–2003. Jälkimmäisessä virassa Niinistö tunnettiin tiukasta talouskuristaan ja työstään 1990-luvun laman jälkeisten säästöjen ja leikkausten parissa. Ministerin uransa jälkeen hän siirtyi Euroopan investointipankin varapääjohtajaksi vuosiksi 2003–2007. Vuosina 2007–2011 Niinistö oli eduskunnan puhemies.

 

Niinistö oli Kokoomuksen presidenttiehdokkaana vuoden 2006 presidentinvaalissa ja uudestaan vuoden 2012 vaalissa, jossa hänet valittiin tasavallan presidentiksi toisella kierroksella.

 

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Sauli Väinämö Niinistö (born 24 August 1948) is the 12th and current President of Finland, in office since 2012.

 

A lawyer by education, Niinistö was Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2003 and the National Coalition Party candidate in the 2006 presidential election. He served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland from 2007 to 2011 and has been the Honorary President of the European People's Party (EPP) since 2002.

 

Niinistö was the National Coalition Party candidate in the 2012 presidential election, beating Pekka Haavisto of the Green League with 62.6% of the vote in the decisive second round. Niinistö assumed office on 1 March 2012, and is the first president from the National Coalition Party since Juho Kusti Paasikivi, who left office in 1956.

 

Political career

Niinistö served on the municipal council of Salo from 1977 to 1992 and was elected a Member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Finland Proper in 1987. In 1994 he was chosen to lead the National Coalition Party as the party chairman and subsequently became Justice Minister in Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen's first cabinet in 1995. Switching portfolios, Niinistö became Finance Minister in 1996.

 

Upon the end of his term as a cabinet minister in 2003, Niinistö went on to become vice-chairman of the Board of Directors at the European Investment Bank. In March 2005, Niinistö announced his candidacy for the Finnish Presidency. In 2006, Niinistö announced that he was standing again for the Finnish parliamentary election. Niinistö was elected as the president of the Football Association of Finland on 8 November 2009, replacing Pekka Hämäläinen.

 

Niinistö was the National Coalition Party candidate for a second time in the 2012 presidential election. With 37.0% of the vote, he won the first round of the election and faced off against Pekka Haavisto of the Green League in the decisive second round. He carried the second round with around 62.6% against Haavisto's 37.4%. Niinistö's margin of victory was larger than that of any previous directly elected president. He won a majority in 14 of the country's 15 electoral districts. Niinistö's election budget was circa 1.2 million euros.

 

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March 7, 2012

updated: 2013-07-22

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