The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi

Former Prime Minister of Finland


The Hon. Mari Kiviniemi was elected to a leadership position within the Centre Party in 2003, serving as vice-chairman until June 2008. She became a special advisor to Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen in 2004, and was twice appointed by him to serve as a cabinet minister, first in September 2005 on a temporary basis and then on a full-time basis from April 2007. Prior to her appointment as the prime minister, Kiviniemi was Minister of Foreign Trade and Development from 2005-2006 and Minister of Public Administration and Local Government from 2007-2010.

. On June 2010, as the new leader of the Centre Party, the Finnish Parliament following the resignation of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen The Hon. Kiviniemi as Prime Minister. She served as Prime Minister of Finland from 2010-2011. With her election, she became Finland's second female prime minister, following Anneli Jäätteenmäki in 2003.

“Respect for Culture means Respect for Human Dignity"

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