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Hanna Kosonen (born 27 February 1976) is a Finnish politician and former ski-orienteering competitor. She is currently Finland's Minister of Science and Culture.

Hanna Kosonen
Hanna Kosonen.jpg
Minister of Science and Culture
Assumed office
9 August 2019
Prime MinisterAntti Rinne
Preceded byAnnika Saarikko
Personal details
Born (1976-02-27) 27 February 1976 (age 43)
Savonlinna, Finland
Political partyCentre Party
Hanna Kosonen
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Women's ski orienteering
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2000 Krasnoyarsk Relay
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Krasnoyarsk Long
Junior World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1996 Banská Bystrica/Donovaly Long
Gold medal – first place 1996 Banská Bystrica/Donovaly Short
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Banská Bystrica/Donovaly Relay

She became double junior world champion in ski orienteering in 1996. She won a bronze medal in the long distance at the 2000 World Ski Orienteering Championships, and a gold medal in the relay. Her best performances in the World Cup in Ski Orienteering were placing fourth overall in 2000, and fifth overall in 2001.

She has been a member of the Finnish Parliament for the Centre Party since 2015, and was appointed Minister of Science and Culture in Antti Rinne's cabinet in 2019.

Personal life and professional careerEdit

Kosonen was born in Savonlinna on 27 February 1976. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Jyväskylä in 2003.[1][2] Her work experience include assignments with the forest industry group Metsäliitto, the association Toiminnanjohtaja [fi], the publishing house Maahenki [fi], and the entrepreneuring association Diges.[1] She has two children;[2] her marriage was dissolved in 2017.[3]

Sports careerEdit

Kosonen competed at the 1996 Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships in Banská Bystrica/Donovaly, where she won a gold medal in the long distance, a gold medal in the short distance, and a bronze medal in the relay with the Finnish team.[4] In 1997 she placed 17th overall in the World Cup in Ski Orienteering.[5] She competed at the 1998 World Ski Orienteering Championships in Windischgarsten, where she placed 15th in the long distance, and 13th in the short distance.[6] She placed 8th overall in the World Cup in Ski Orienteering in 1999.[7] At the 2000 World Ski Orienteering Championships in Krasnoyarsk, she won a bronze medal in the long distance, placed 14th in the short distance, and won a gold medal in the relay with the Finnish team, along with Mervi Anttila and Liisa Anttila.[8] She placed fourth overall in the World Cup in Ski Orienteering in 1999.[9] In 2001 she placed fifth overall in the World Cup in Ski Orienteering.[10] At the 2002 World Ski Orienteering Championships in Borovetz, she placed 9th in the middle distance and 18th in the long distance.[11]

Political careerEdit

Kosonen was elected to the Finnish Parliament for the Centre Party in 2015, from the constituency of South-Eastern Finland.[1] She was member of the Education and Culture Committee. In 2017 she was also elected member of the Savonlinna City Council.[2] In 2019 she was re-elected to the parliament for the term 2019–2023.[12] On 9 August 2019 Kosonen was appointed as Minister of Science and Culture in Antti Rinne's cabinet, replacing Annika Saarikko, who took maternity leave.[2][13] Saarikko will reassume her post in August 2020.[13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Hanna Kosonen". www.eduskunta.fi (in Finnish).
  2. ^ a b c d "Hanna Kosonen. Minister of Science and Culture". valtioneuvosto.fi. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  3. ^ Päivätie, Launo (30 August 2017). "Kansanedustaja Hanna Kosonen eroaa aviomiehestään". Ilta-Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships 1996". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Ski Orienteering World Cup Overall 1997". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  6. ^ "World Ski Orienteering Championships 1998". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Ski Orienteering World Cup Overall 1999". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  8. ^ "World Ski Orienteering Championships 2000". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Ski Orienteering World Cup Overall 2000". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Ski Orienteering World Cup Overall 2001". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  11. ^ "World Ski Orienteering Championships 2002". old.orienteering.org. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Parliamentary Elections 2019". tulospalvelu.vaalit.fi. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Hanna Kosonen appointed as Minister of Science and Culture". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 9 August 2019.