Erkki Sakari Tuomioja is the Finnish minister for foreign affairs. He is also currently a member of the Finnish parliament which he has been since 1970. He is part of the Social democrat party, although his political views are thought to be more left than the party line. He was the foreign minister from 2000-2007 under three Prime Minister namely Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Matti Vanhanen and Jyrki Katainen. He then regained his status as foreign minister in 2011. He was a minister of trade and industry from 1991-2000
Background and Education
Erkki Sakari Tuomioja was born on the 1st of July 1946 which means he was part of the Baby boomer generation (people that were born after World War 2). Tuomioja comes from a very political background. His father Sakari Tuomioja was a prominent liberal Finnish politician and diplomat, and known for being the challenger of Urho Kekkonen for the conservatives and liberals in the 1956 presidential elections. His maternal was Hella Wuolijoki, the Estonian born writer and socialist activist.
Erkki Tuomioja is a very knowledgeable and learned person. He was a graduated from Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu which is one of the best schools in Finland. In university, he holds the degrees of Master of Social sciences (1971) and Master of Science in Economics (1974) and Business Administration from the Helsinki School of Economics, as well as a Licentiate in Social Science (1980) and Doctor in Social Sciences (1996) from the University of Helsinki. In addition this, Erkki has gone to school in London and Geneva.
Tuomioja was a TV journalist from 1967-1969, he was an Economic and Marketing researcher in Rautaruukki oy, from 1975-1977. He was also an assistant mayor Of Helsinki from 1979 to 1991. He was for some time also the lecturer of Political History at the University of Helsinki.
Tuomioja has been lots of training and experience in Finnish politics. He has been a member of the Finnish Parliament form... [continues]
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