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Eesti poliitik, Eesti v├Ąlisminister ja Eesti Reformierakonna aseesimees. | An Estonian politician, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Urmas Paet Biography



Urmas Paet (sündinud 20. aprillil 1974 Tallinnas) on Eesti poliitik, Eesti välisminister ja Eesti Reformierakonna aseesimees. 13. aprillist 2005 kuni 5. aprillini 2007 oli ta välisminister Andrus Ansipi esimeses valitsuses ja seejärel Andrus Ansipi teises valitsuses. Alates 6. aprillist 2011 on ta välisminister Andrus Ansipi kolmandas valitsuses.



  • mai 1991 – mai 1992 Eesti Raadio, välisinfo peatoimetus, toimetaja
  • märts 1993 – september 1994 Eesti Raadio, uudistetoimetus, toimetaja
  • september 1994 – september 1998 AS Postimees, uudistetoimetus, reporter
  • oktoober 1998 – august 1999 AS Postimees, uudistetoimetus, vanemtoimetaja ja poliitikaajakirjanik
  • september 1999 – november 1999 Reformierakond, nõunik
  • november 1999 – aprill 2003 Nõmme linnaosa vanem
  • aprill 2003 – aprill 2005 Eesti kultuuriminister Juhan Partsi valitsuses
  • aprill 2005 – ... Eesti välisminister







Urmas Paet (born 20 April 1974) is an Estonian politician who has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia since 2005. He is a member of the Estonian Reform Party. As of September 2010, Paet has been the longest serving minister since the re-establishment of Estonian independence. Paet is married and has two children. He speaks Estonian, Russian, German, Finnish and English.


Paet was born in Tallinn. He graduated from the University of Tartu in 1996 with a BA in political science and continued his graduate studies there, however without obtaining the degree. He had been active in journalism during his studies, and continued in that career until 1999, when he entered politics by joining the Reform Party and becoming professional advisor. He served as the Deputy Mayor of Nõmme (a district of Tallinn) from 1999 to 2003. In April 2003, when the Juhan Parts government took office, Paet became Estonian Minister of Culture. He remained in that position until April 2005, when the Parts government fell. Since April 2005, when the Andrus Ansip cabinet took office, he has been Foreign Minister.



January 28, 2013

updated: 2014-04-01

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