Petteri Orpo

Antti Petteri Orpo (born 3 November 1969) is a Finnish politician and the chair of the National Coalition Party. He has previously served as Deputy Prime Minister of Finland, and from 2017-2019, Minister of Finance from 2016–2019, Minister for Agriculture and Forestry from 2014–2015 and Minister of Interior from 2015–2016.[1][2]

Petteri Orpo
Petteri Orpo at EPP Summit, Brussels, June 2016 (27923961326) (cropped).jpg
33rd Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
In office
28 June 2017 – 6 June 2019
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byTimo Soini
Succeeded byMika Lintilä
Minister of Finance
In office
22 June 2016 – 6 June 2019
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byAlexander Stubb
Succeeded byMika Lintilä
Leader of the National Coalition Party
Assumed office
11 June 2016
Preceded byAlexander Stubb
Minister of the Interior
In office
29 May 2015 – 22 June 2016
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byPäivi Räsänen
Succeeded byPaula Risikko
Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
In office
24 June 2014 – 29 May 2015
Prime MinisterAlexander Stubb
Preceded byJari Koskinen
Succeeded byKimmo Tiilikainen
Personal details
Born (1969-11-03) 3 November 1969 (age 52)
Köyliö, Satakunta, Finland
Political partyNational Coalition
Spouse(s)Niina Kanniainen

Political careerEdit

Minister of the InteriorEdit

During his tenure as Minister of the Interior, Orpo received support for his handling of the 2015 migration crisis from coalition partners in the anti-immigration Finns Party, as well as from opposition lawmakers.[3]

Minister of FinanceEdit

In May 2016, Orpo announced that he would challenge the chair of the National Coalition Party and incumbent Minister of Finance Alexander Stubb in June's party conference.[4] At the time, Orpo joined second-term parliamentarian Elina Lepomaki in seeking to replace Stubb.[5] In contrast to polyglot and outspoken Stubb, Orpo was widely seen as a careful consensus-seeker with little experience of international politics.[6] Orpo received 441,4 votes against Stubb's 361 and was thus elected as the new chair for the party.[7] Orpo soon announced that he would take Stubb's seat as the Minister of Finance.[8] He was officially appointed as the Minister of Finance on 22 June 2016.[9]

In June 2017, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Orpo announced said they could not cooperate with their parties’ third coalition partner, the Finns Party, anymore, citing differences in core values and in the immigration and EU policies. For both Sipilä and Orpo, at stake were major healthcare and local government reform, which were key to their plan to balance public finances.[10]

In addition to his national political roles, Orpo co-chaired (alongside Valdis Dombrovskis) the EPP Economic and Financial Affairs Ministers Meeting, which gathers the center-right European People's Party (EPP) ministers ahead of meetings of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).[11]

Opposition PoliticsEdit

In December 2019 Orpo attempted a vote of no-confidence in the incumbent government.[12] This would then cause new elections, which Orpo hoped on winning. The incumbent government was accused of malpractice in responding to problems in the labor market. Later, Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigned, and Kulmuni publicly refused to join the National Coalition Party's plan of premature elections.[13]

Other activitiesEdit

European Union organizationsEdit

International organizationsEdit


  1. ^ "Räty, Orpo and Toivakka take over ministerial portfolios". Helsinki Times. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Sipilä's Government appointed". Finnish Government. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ Tuomas Forsell (May 4, 2016), Finnish finance minister faces new challenge as party leader Reuters.
  4. ^ "Orpo haastaa Stubbin kokoomuksen puheenjohtajakisassa – Harkimo Ylelle: En lähde kisaan, koska Orpo on paras vaihtoehto". Helsingin sanomat. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  5. ^ Tuomas Forsell (May 4, 2016), Finnish finance minister faces new challenge as party leader Reuters.
  6. ^ Jussi Rosendahl (June 22, 2016), Finland's Finance Minister Petteri Orpo Reuters.
  7. ^ "Nyt se ratkesi – Stubb sivuun, Petteri Orpo on kokoomuksen uusi puheenjohtaja". Ilta-sanomat. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Orpo nappaa valtiovarainministerin salkun – Stubbin uudet tehtävät tarkentuvat myöhemmin". Yle. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Kokoomuksen ministerivaihdoksille sinetti – presidentti vahvisti nimitykset". Yle. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  10. ^ Tuomas Forsell and Jussi Rosendahl (June 12, 2017), Finnish PM to break up coalition, kick out nationalists Reuters.
  11. ^ Council of the EU and Ministerial meetings European People’s Party (EPP).
  12. ^ YLE TV1 A-studio. 3 December 2019.
  13. ^ YLE TV1 A-studio. 3 December 2019.
  14. ^ Board of Governors European Investment Bank (EIB).
  15. ^ Board of Governors: Petteri Orpo European Stability Mechanism.
  16. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  17. ^ Board of Governors European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
  18. ^ Members Joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee.
  19. ^ Board of Governors Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.
  20. ^ Board of Governors Archived 2017-10-29 at the Wayback Machine Nordic Investment Bank (NIB).
  21. ^ Board of Governors World Bank.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the National Coalition Party