Sinikka Mönkäre

Taru Sinikka Mönkäre (born 6 March 1947) is a Finnish politician who served as minister in different cabinets of Finland.

Taru Sinikka Mönkäre
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Minister of Social Affairs and Health
In office
13 April 1995 – 14 April 1999
Prime MinisterPaavo Lipponen
Preceded byJorma Huuhtanen
Succeeded byMaija Perho
In office
17 April 2003 – 19 April 2007
Prime MinisterAnneli Jäätteenmäki
Matti Vanhanen
Preceded byMaija Perho
Succeeded byTuula Haatainen
Minister of Labour
In office
15 April 1999 – 24 February 2000
Prime MinisterPaavo Lipponen
Preceded byLiisa Jaakonsaari
Succeeded byTarja Filatov
Minister of Trade and Industry[1]
In office
25 February 2000 – 16 April 2003
Prime MinisterPaavo Lipponen
Preceded byErkki Tuomioja
Succeeded byMauri Pekkarinen
Personal details
Born (1947-03-06) 6 March 1947 (age 73)
Sippola, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic Party

Early life and educationEdit

Mönkäre was born in Sippola on 6 March 1947.[2] She has a PhD in medicine and surgery.[2]


Mönkäre worked at different hospitals.[2] From 1981 to 1995 she served at the Imatra city council in various capacities.[2] She became a member of the Finnish Parliament in 1987 and served there until 1991.[2]

She is a member of the Social Democratic Party.[3] She held different ministerial roles. Her first ministerial post was the minister of social affairs and health and minister in the ministry of environment (housing) (1995–1999).[4] She was appointed as the minister of labour from 1999 to 2000.[5] Then she served as the minister of trade and industry from 2000 to 2003.[4] During her term she supported the construction of a new nuclear power plant.[3] She was appointed minister of social affairs and health to the cabinet led by the then prime minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki on 17 April 2003.[6] On 23 September 2005, she was removed from office upon her request and replaced by Tuula Haatainen in the post.[7]

Mönkäre was appointed managing director of the state-run Finnish Slot Machine Association (RAY) in 2006.[8] In April 2009, she became a member of the executive committee of the RAY.[9] She was appointed board member for the University of Turku in February 2010.[10] She is also a member of ilmarinen’s supervisory board to which she was appointed in 2010.[11]


  1. ^ "Finnish Government - Ministers of Trade and Industry". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Finland". VIPS. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Ministers Mönkäre and Hassi on opposite sides of nuclear power issue". Helsingin Sanomat. 18 January 2002. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Finland Ministers". Women Leaders. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Finnish Government - Ministers of Labor". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Jäätteenmäki's Government appointed". Finnish Embassy. 9 May 2003. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Ministerial changes in Finnish Government" (Press release). Prime Minister's Office. 23 September 2005.
  8. ^ "Police question Slot Machine Association management". Helsingin Sanomat. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Hannu Salokorpi appointed Deputy Managing Director of RAY". RAY. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  10. ^ Willberg, Ulla (3 February 2010). "Financial management is the greatest challenge for the new university Boards" (Press release). Academy of Finland. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Corporate Governance" (PDF). ilmarinen. 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2013.