Paula Lehtomäki

Paula Lehtomäki (born 29 November 1972 in Kuhmo, Finland) is a Finnish politician. She started her political career in 1996, when she was elected to the Kuhmo town council. In 1999 she was elected to the Finnish Parliament, and again in 2003. In 2002, she was elected as the vice-chairman of Keskusta. In April 2004, she was chosen as the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, making her the youngest minister in Matti Vanhanen's first cabinet.

Paula Lehtomäki
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Paula Lehtomäki in 2015.
Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
Assumed office
18 March 2019
Preceded byDagfinn Høybråten
Minister for Environment
In office
19 April 2007 – 22 June 2011
Prime MinisterMatti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded byStefan Wallin
Succeeded byVille Niinistö
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
In office
17 April 2003 – 19 April 2007
Prime MinisterAnneli Jäätteenmäki
Matti Vanhanen
Preceded byJari Vilén
Succeeded byPaavo Väyrynen
Personal details
Born (1972-11-29) 29 November 1972 (age 50)
Kuhmo, Finland
Political partyCentre Party
SpouseJyri Sahlsten

She is married and the mother of three children. Her hobbies include cross country skiing, cycling, Nordic walking, badminton, and karaoke.

On 17 April 2007 it was announced that she would be the Minister for Environment in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet. At the same time it was also announced that she is pregnant, and would take her second maternity leave from a ministerial post later in 2007.

She was Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers from 2019 - 2022.[1] She is the first woman to hold the position, as well as the first person under 50. In her free time she sometimes sings in a band called Punatähdet, which means Red Star.[2]

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  1. ^ "State Secretary Paula Lehtomäki chosen as Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers as of March 2019". Finnish Government. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Paula Lehtomäki wants a new Nordic passport union and a clearer Nordic Council of Ministers — Nordic Labour Journal". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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Preceded by Minister of Environment
Succeeded by