Sauli Niinistö is the 12th President of the Republic of Finland. He was inaugurated on 1 March 2012 and was re-elected for another six-year term in January 2018. It was a historic victory as it was the first time ever for a Finnish presidential candidate to secure more than 50% of the popular vote already in the first round.
Niinistö was first elected to Parliament in 1987. In 1995, he was appointed Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister. Reshuffled to the Ministry of Finance in 1996, he eventually became Finland’s longest-serving Minister of Finance to date.
From 1994 to 2001, Sauli Niinistö was Chairman of the National Coalition Party. In addition to his political activities in Finland, he was the Chairman of the European Democrat Union (EDU). He was instrumental in merging the EDU with the European People’s Party (EPP) and was appointed the second Honorary President of the latter.
In 2003, Sauli Niinistö took up the post of Vice President of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. In 2007 he returned to the Finnish Parliament with the highest number of votes ever gained by a candidate. He was Speaker of Parliament from 2007 to 2011.
President Niinistö has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Turku.Stand: 06.11.2021