Maria Lohela

Maria Tuulia Lohela (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmɑriɑ ˈlohelɑ], born 11 June 1978) is a Finnish politician. She has served as a Member of the Parliament of Finland from 2011 to 2019. After having maintained her seat in the 2015 election, Lohela was Speaker of the Parliament of Finland from 2015 to 2018. 36 years old when elected Speaker, she was one of the youngest MPs to hold that office in the parliament's history.[2] Before her parliamentary career, she took her bachelor's degree at the University of Turku, majoring in English language. She has also served as a member of the Turku City Council from 2009 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2019.[3][4]

Maria Lohela
Maria Lohela 2015.jpg
Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
In office
29 May 2015 – 5 February 2018
Preceded byJuha Sipilä
Succeeded byPaula Risikko
Member of the Parliament of Finland
from Finland Proper
In office
20 April 2011 – 17 April 2019
Personal details
Born (1978-06-11) 11 June 1978 (age 44)
Nivala, Finland
Political partyLiike Nyt (2019–)
Blue Reform (2017–2019)
Finns Party (2007–2017)
Samppa Mattila
(m. 2015; div. 2019)
Alma materUniversity of Turku

Lohela has been a proponent of a tighter immigration policy for Finland.[5] Along with a few other Finns Party politicians, she was one of the authors of the Nuiva Manifesti (Finnish for The Sour Manifesto), an election campaign programme critical of Finnish immigration policy.[6]

On 13 June 2017, Lohela and 19 others left the Finns Party Parliamentary Group to found the New Alternative (later Blue Reform) parliamentary group, which subsequently took the place of the Finns Party in the Sipilä cabinet.[7] The split sparked debate on the seat of the Speaker, which was traditionally reserved for the second biggest parliamentary party. After negotiations, the parties came into the conclusion that Lohela would vacate her seat for the National Coalition Party in February 2018.[8] On 5 February 2018, Paula Risikko was elected as the next speaker, while Lohela returned to her role as an MP.[9]

On 21 January 2019, Lohela announced that she would leave the Blue Reform in order to join Liike Nyt movement.[10]


  1. ^ "Liike Nytiin loikannut Maria Lohela eroaa – talvihäistä neljä vuotta!". Seiska (in Finnish). Aller Media oy. August 15, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "36-year-old MP elected as Speaker of Finnish Parliament". 29 May 2015. Archived from the original on 3 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  3. ^ Tähti, Tuomas (April 10, 2017). "Kuntavaalien jälkeen on kiitosten aika". Turun Perussuomalaiset ry (in Finnish). Perussuomalaiset. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eroaminen kaupunginvaltuutetun tehtävästä" (in Finnish). Turun kaupunki. January 28, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Young immigration sceptic elected as Parliamentary speaker". YLE News. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Nuiva vaalimanifesti". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  7. ^ "Tällainen on Uusi vaihtoehto – Nämä kansanedustajat jättivät perussuomalaiset". Yle. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Eduskunnan puhemiehistö uusiksi – Maria Lohela menettää puhemiehen paikkansa". Yle. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Eduskunta valitsi uudeksi puhemieheksi sote-konkari Paula Risikon – myös protestiääniä jätettiin". Yle. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Kansanedustaja Maria Lohela loikkaa sinisistä Harkimon Liike Nytiin – sote-uudistus vaarassa kaatua". Yle. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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Preceded by Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
Succeeded by