Tuula Haatainen

Tuula Irmeli Haatainen (born 11 February 1960) is a Finnish politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament, with the Social Democratic Party. She was the Minister of Education 2003–2005 and the Minister of Social Affairs and Health 2005–2007.[1]

Tuula Haatainen
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Haatainen in 2020
Minister of Employment
Assumed office
10 December 2019
Prime MinisterSanna Marin
Preceded byTimo Harakka
Deputy Speaker of the Finnish Parliament
In office
7 June 2019 – 10 December 2019
SpeakerMatti Vanhanen
Preceded byJuho Eerola
Succeeded byAntti Rinne
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
In office
23 September 2005 – 19 April 2007
Prime MinisterMatti Vanhanen
Preceded bySinikka Mönkäre
Succeeded byLiisa Hyssälä
Minister of Education
In office
17 April 2003 – 23 September 2005
Prime MinisterAnneli Jäätteenmäki
Matti Vanhanen
Preceded byMaija-Liisa Rask
Succeeded byAntti Kalliomäki
Personal details
Born (1960-02-11) 11 February 1960 (age 61)
Tuusniemi, Northern Savonia, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic
Spouse(s)Janne Metsämäki
WebsiteOfficial website

In 2007 Haatainen was chosen as the Deputy Mayor of Helsinki and she left the parliament.[2] She returned to the parliament following the 2015 elections, in which she received 6,662 personal votes.[3]

On 2 September 2017, Haatainen was nominated as the candidate of the Social Democratic Party in 2018 presidential election.[4] In the election, Haatainen placed sixth with 3.3 percent of the votes, while the incumbent president Sauli Niinistö went on to secure his second term with a majority of votes.[5]

After the presidential election, on 5 February 2018, Haatainen was elected as the Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament.[6] She served in the position until the collapse of Rinne Cabinet in December 2019, after which she joined the subsequent Marin Cabinet as Minister of Employment.[7] She is a trained nurse and has practised in her home region of Northern Savonia, and in Åland.[8]


  1. ^ "Tuula Haatainen". Eduskunta. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Tuula Haatainen Helsingin apulaiskaupunginjohtajaksi". Yle. 10 June 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Valitut ehdokkaat Helsingin vaalipiiri". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Tuula Haatainen Sdp:n presidenttiehdokkaaksi" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 2 September 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Presidentinvaali 2018, 1. vaali: Ehdokkaiden äänet" (in Finnish). Ministry of Justice. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Eduskunta valitsi uudeksi puhemieheksi sote-konkari Paula Risikon – myös protestiääniä jätettiin". Yle. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Tässä ovat Marinin hallituksen ministerit – joukko äänikuningattaria, pikapaluun tekijä, maailman nuorin pääministeri" (in Finnish). Yle. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Tuula Haatainen new Finnish Minister of Employment — Nordic Labour Journal". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)