Paula Risikko (born 4 June 1960, Ylihärmä) is a Finnish politician. She is from Seinäjoki and represents the National Coalition Party. Risikko has previously served as the Minister of Social Services 2011–2014 and Minister of Transport and Local Government 2014–2015.
|Speaker of the Parliament of Finland|
5 February 2018 – 16 April 2019
|Preceded by||Maria Lohela|
|Succeeded by||Antti Rinne|
|Minister of the Interior|
22 June 2016 – 5 February 2018
|Prime Minister||Juha Sipilä|
|Preceded by||Petteri Orpo|
|Succeeded by||Kai Mykkänen|
|Minister of Transport and Local Government|
24 June 2014 – 29 May 2015
|Prime Minister||Alexander Stubb|
|Preceded by||Henna Virkkunen|
|Succeeded by||Anu Vehviläinen |
|Minister of Social Affairs and Health|
22 June 2011 – 24 June 2014
|Prime Minister||Jyrki Katainen|
|Preceded by||Juha Rehula|
|Succeeded by||Laura Räty|
|Born||4 June 1960|
|Political party||National Coalition Party|
|Alma mater||Seinäjoki University|
University of Oulu
University of Kuopio
University of Tampere
Paula Risikko is Doctor of Science (Health Care) in 1997 from the University of Tampere. Her dissertation was entitled “The current and future quality requirement in nursery”. Risikko has received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Vaasa. She is taking a break from her regular position as the Vice Rector of the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, because her involvement in politics. In 2007 parliamentary elections, Risikko received 9 266 votes.
In the wake of the 2018 Oulu children sexual abuse gangs, Risikko stated her position in favor of deporting foreign sexual predators, saying: "We’ll deliver punishments for these kinds of crimes and, if necessary, send you back to your home country.”
Risikko has donated to numerous health care organizations such as the NGO's addressing Autism and Asperger's Syndrome, the Finnish delegation to the Cancer Society, Diabetes Association, Finland MS Association, Arthritis Foundation and, for example, Alfred Korde's Finland and UNIFEM- Organization.
Risikko has been married to her husband Heikki Tapani Risikko since 2000. In 2006 Paula and her husband adopted a Chinese daughter Aino Taika Huanzhen.
- Aleksi Teivainen (7 January 2019). "Risikko ready to make revoking residence permits easier". Helsinki Times. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "Näilläkin julkisuudesta tutuilla on adoptiolapsi". Mtv.fi. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2016.