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Ville Matti Niinistö (born 30 July 1976) is a Finnish politician. He is a former member of parliament, former chairperson of the Green League and served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014, and a member of the city council of Turku. Niinistö has a master's degree in political science from the University of Turku. Before being elected to the parliament in 2007 he worked as a doctorate student in political history (Finnish foreign policy) at the University of Turku in Finland.

Ville Niinistö
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Minister of the Environment
In office
22 June 2011 – 25 September 2014
Prime MinisterJyrki Katainen
Alexander Stubb
Preceded byPaula Lehtomäki
Succeeded bySanni Grahn-Laasonen
Chairman of the Green League
In office
11 June 2011 – 17 June 2017
Preceded byAnni Sinnemäki
Succeeded byTouko Aalto
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Finland Proper
In office
18 March 2007 – 16 April 2019
Personal details
Born (1976-07-30) 30 July 1976 (age 42)
Turku, Finland
Political partyGreen League
Maria Wetterstrand
(m. 2004; div. 2012)
RelativesSauli Niinistö (uncle)
Alma materUniversity of Turku
Ville Niinistö speaks.

Niinistö is the nephew of Sauli Niinistö, the president of Finland. He was married to Maria Wetterstrand, former spokesperson of the Swedish Green Party; they separated in 2012. They have a son, Elias, who was born in 2004, and a daughter, Linnea, born 2007. In his free time Niinistö enjoys reading, role-playing games, and football.[1]

In 2013 it was revealed that he drove his Swedish wife's car with Swedish number plates in Finland, while she was absent. The Finnish tax office imposed a €4800 fine on him because of car tax evasion.[2]

By 2017 Green League party congress, Niinistö had served two full terms as the chairman and stepped down according to the rules of the party. He was followed by MP Touko Aalto, who won the leadership election on 17 June 2017.[3] In October 2018, Niinistö announced that he would not seek another term in the parliament in the 2019 election.[4]


  1. ^ Kangasniemi, Sanna (20 February 2009). "Äiti ja isä vihreä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Ville Niinistölle 4800 euron autovero - tulli lopetti veropetostutkinnan". Yle Uutiset.
  3. ^ "Touko Aalto vihreiden puheenjohtajaksi" (in Finnish). Vihreät. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Ville Niinistö ei pyri vihreiden puheenjohtajaksi, jättää eduskunnan keväällä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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