Date of Birth: 04/11/1955
Education - journalist, Master of Social Sciences.
In 1985-1988 GG - The local correspondent of "Kehyasanomat" newspaper, from 1988 to 1991 - its editor.
Member of the Finnish Centre Party (PFC) since 1976. Chairman of the Youth Union of PFC in 1980-1983 GG In 2000 he was elected deputy chairman of the party. Actively involved in politics at the local level, he was a member of the municipal councils and the cities of Espoo Nurmijarvi, Union of municipalities of Southern Finland.
Member of Parliament since 1991. From 1994 to 2001 - deputy predsedatelyafraktsii PFC. Deputy Chairman of the Parliament Commission on Environment (1991-1995 years), chairman of the parliamentary EU Affairs "Great Commission" In 2000-2001, the representative of Finland in the Convention of the European Union in 2002-2003
17 aprelya2003 was appointed Minister of Defense of Finland.
June 24, 2003 became Prime Minister of the country.
Hobbies - books, Civil engineering.
A supporter of a sober lifestyle.
Married, two children. Wife - Hannele Vanhanen, stewardess.