Anne-Mari Virolainen

Anne-Mari Virolainen (born 5 December 1965) is a Finnish politician of the National Coalition Party who has been a member of the Parliament of Finland since 2007, representing Finland Proper.[1]

Anne-Mari Virolainen
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Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
In office
12 February 2018 – 6 June 2019
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byKai Mykkänen
Succeeded byVille Skinnari
Personal details
Born (1965-12-05) 5 December 1965 (age 56)
Turku, Southwest Finland, Finland
Political partyNational Coalition Party
SpousePetri Virolainen

Early life and careerEdit

Virolainen was born in Turku. She graduated from Turku School of Economics as Master of Economics in 1990. She has worked as an executive in Telia InfoMedia, Sonera and ICT Turku.[1]

Political careerEdit

Virolainen chaired the municipal council of Lieto from 2005 to 2012. She has been elected to the Parliament four times: with 6,812 votes in 2007, with 10,041 votes in 2011, with 7,169 votes in 2015 and with 7,246 votes in 2019.[2] She served as vice president of the National Coalition Party from 2010 to 2016.[3] Since 2015, Virolainen has chaired the Grand Committee of the Parliament.[1]

On 6 February 2018, after a reshuffle of the ministerial portfolios by the National Coalition party, Virolainen took over as the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in the Sipilä Cabinet.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Virolainen resides in Lieto. She is married to Docent Petri Virolainen with whom she has three children,[1] the oldest of which died in 2005 due to the rare Jansky–Bielschowsky disease.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Anne-Mari Virolainen". Parliament of Finland. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Information Service". Ministry of Justice of Finland. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  3. ^ Tikka, Juha-Pekka (9 May 2016). "Anne-Mari Virolainen ei hae jatkoa kokoomusjohdossa". Verkkouutiset. Kansalliskustannus. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Virolaisesta uusi kokoomusministeri – kokoomus kierrätti myös ministerisalkkujaan". Ilta-Sanomat. 6 February 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ Kolsi, Eeva-Kaarina (23 February 2015). "Kansanedustaja kertoo lapsensa kuolemasta: "Ensimmäinen vuosi oli pahin"". Ilta-Sanomat. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
Succeeded by