Sauli Väinämö Niinistö is a Finnish politician and the 12th President of Finland, in office since 2012. A lawyer by education, Niinistö was Chairman of the National Coalition Party from 1994 to 2001, Minister of Justice from 1995 to 1996, Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2003, Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 2001 and the National Coalition Party candidate in the 2006 presidential election. He served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Finland from 2007 to 2011 and has been the Honorary President of the European People's Party since 2002. Niinistö was the NCP candidate in the 2012 presidential election, beating Pekka Haavisto of the Green League with 62.6% of the vote in the decisive second round. Niinistö assumed office on 1 March 2012, and is the first conservative president since Juho Kusti Paasikivi, who left office in 1956. In May 2017, Niinistö announced that he would seek re-election in the 2018 presidential election, running as an independent candidate.
|Born:||Sauli Väinämö Niinistö, August 24, 1948, Salo, Finland|
|Political party:||Independent (since 2012), National Coalition Party (until 2012)|
|Relatives:||Ville Niinistö (nephew)|
|Alma mater:||University of Turku|
|Preceded by:||Tarja Halonen|
|Twitter:||Sauli Niinistö's Twitter profile|
|IMDb:||Sauli Niinistö's IMDb|
About Sauli Niinisto
Known for his membership in the National Coalition Party, he took office in 2012 as Finland's twelfth president. Previously, he had served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, Minister of Finance, and Speaker of the Finnish Parliament.
After graduating from the University of Turku, he opened a law practice and became a city councilman in Salo, Finland.
He was a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
After his first wife, Marja-Leena Niinisto, was killed in a 1995 automobile accident, he married Finnish poet Jenni Haukio.
He and Martti Ahtisaari have both held the office of President of Finland.
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- University of Turku alumni
- European People's Party politicians
- Deputy Prime Ministers of Finland
- Grand Crosses of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
- Ministers of Justice of Finland
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- Recipients of the Order of Orange-Nassau
- Ministers of Finance of Finland
- Recipients of the Collar of the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
- Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon
- Finnish lawyers
- Recipients of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Finnish Lutherans
- Grand Crosses Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- National Coalition Party politicians