Dr. Pentti Ilkka Olavi Arajärvi (born 2 June 1948, Helsinki) is a Finnish Doctor of Law, Professor Emeritus and Docent of the University of Helsinki[1][2], a former civil service official and a Social Democratic politician from Helsinki.[3] Arajärvi was awarded the honorary title of valiokuntaneuvos ("Committee Counselor") for his work in parliamentary committees. He is the husband of Tarja Halonen, who was the President of Finland between 2000 and 2012. During that time, he held the unofficial title of First Gentleman of Finland. Arajärvi was elected to the Helsinki City Council in the 2012 municipal elections.

Pentti Arajärvi
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First Gentleman of Finland
In role
1 March 2000 – 1 March 2012
PresidentTarja Halonen
Preceded byEeva Ahtisaari (as First Lady)
Succeeded byJenni Haukio (as First Lady)
Personal details
Born (1948-06-02) 2 June 1948 (age 71)
Helsinki, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic Party of Finland
Tarja Halonen (m. 2000)
Alma materUniversity of Helsinki
OccupationDoctor of Law

Personal lifeEdit

On 26 August 2000, after a relationship of more than fifteen years, Arajärvi married his longtime partner, Tarja Halonen, who was at the time the President of Finland, in a civil ceremony at her official residence, Mäntyniemi. Arajärvi has an adult son, Esko, and Halonen have an adult daughter, Anna, both of whom are from previous relationships.


He is a non-active member of a Finnish scout troop Helsingin Kotkat.


National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit


  1. ^ https://www.iltalehti.fi/politiikka/a/e27b9682-1c97-43e4-91da-027504a04cd1
  2. ^ http://www.helsinki.fi/hallinto/kansleri/professorit.html
  3. ^ https://helsinki.sdp.fi/pentti-arajarvi-sdpn-eduskuntavaaliehdokkaaksi/
  4. ^ Belga Pictures Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine Photo during the gala dinner of the state visit of H.E. Mrs Tarja Halonen, President of Finnish Republic & Docteur Pentti Arajärvi in Belgium (30/03 - 01/04/2004)
  5. ^ Icelandic Presidency Website (Icelandic), Order of the Falcon, Arajärvi, Pentti[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Noblesse et Royautés" website Archived 2013-07-10 at the Wayback Machine, article (in French) with photos of gala dinner
  7. ^ www.gouvernement.lu Archived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine, State visit of President Tarja Halonen in Luxembourg in november 2008 (article in French with photos showing the decorations)
  8. ^ Photo of presidential and royal couples

External linksEdit

  • Pentti Arajärvi in the archived website of The President of the Republic of Finland