Osmo Soininvaara

Osmo Heikki Kristian Soininvaara (born 2 September 1951 in Helsinki) is a Finnish politician and writer. He served as Minister of Social Services in Paavo Lipponen's second cabinet between 14 April 2000 and 19 April 2002. He was the leader of the Finnish Green League party from 2001 to 2005. Currently, he is a member of the Helsinki city council.

Osmo Soininvaara
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Soininvaara in October 2008
Member of the Parliament of Finland
In office
  • 1987–1991
  • 1995–2007
  • 2011–2015
Minister of Social Services
In office
14 April 2000 (2000-04-14) – 19 April 2002 (2002-04-19)
Prime MinisterPaavo Lipponen
Personal details
Born (1951-09-02) 2 September 1951 (age 68)
Helsinki, Finland
Political partyGreen League

Soininvaara has a licentiate degree in statistics. Before his political career he worked as a statistician. He was elected in Helsinki city council in 1985 and has served in various positions of trust in the city administration since then. He was elected in Eduskunta in 1987 and again in 1995 and was a member of parliament until 2007, when he chose not to stand for re-election. After a break he was elected to the parliament again in 2011, serving until 2015.

Soininvaara is married to Anna-Maria Soininvaara and they have three children: Ohto (born 1990), Ilppo (born 1991), and Helmi (born 1997).

Basic income proposalEdit

Soininvaara is a long-time advocate of a basic income and has published several books and reports on this topic. In Hyvinvointivaltion eloonjäämisoppi, awarded[by whom?] as the best economics book of 1994, he proposed a detailed basic income scheme differentiated for household composition.[1]


  1. ^ Osmo Soininvaara (1994), "Hyvinvointivaltion eloonjäämisoppi" (A survival doctrine for the welfare state), Juva, WSOY, 298 p, ISBN 951-0-20100-6

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Satu Hassi
Chairperson of the Green League
Succeeded by
Tarja Cronberg