Sauli Niinistö

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Sauli Niinistö
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12th President of Finland
Assumed office
1 March 2012
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
Alexander Stubb
Preceded by Tarja Halonen
Speaker of the Finnish Parliament
In office
24 April 2007 – 27 April 2011
Preceded by Timo Kalli
Succeeded by Ben Zyskowicz
Minister of Finance
In office
2 February 1996 – 16 April 2003
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by Iiro Viinanen
Succeeded by Antti Kalliomäki
Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
In office
13 April 1995 – 30 August 2001
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by Pertti Salolainen
Succeeded by Ville Itälä
Minister of Justice
In office
13 April 1995 – 1 February 1996
Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by Anneli Jäätteenmäki
Succeeded by Kari Häkämies
Personal details
Born 24 August 1948 (1948-08-24) (age 69)
Salo, Finland
Political party National Coalition Party
Spouse(s) Marja-Leena Niinistö (1974–1995; her death)
Jenni Haukio (2009–present)
Residence Mäntyniemi, Helsinki
Alma mater University of Turku
Religion Lutheranism[1]
Website Official website
Military service
Service/branch Finnish Navy
Rank Kapteeni kauluslaatta.svg Captain

Sauli Väinämö Niinistö (born 24 August 1948) is the 12th and current President of Finland.

A lawyer by education, Niinistö was Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2003 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 (EPP) since 2002.

Niinistö was the National Coalition Party 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 president from the National Coalition Party since Juho Kusti Paasikivi, who left office in 1956.

Niinistö served on the municipal council of Salo from 1977 to 1992 and was elected a Member of the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta) from the district of Finland Proper in 1987. In 1994 he was chosen to lead the National Coalition Party as the party chairman

Niinistö's first wife Marja-Leena Niinistö died in a car accident in 1995. Niinistö married his second wife Jenni Haukio (born 1977) in January 2009.

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