Juha Sipilä

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Juha Sipilä

Juha Sipilä (born Veteli, 25 April 1961) is a Finnish politician and businessman, and the incumbent chairman of the Centre Party, elected in 2012. He was elected to the Parliament of Finland in 2011 from the Oulu electoral district, with 5,543 votes.[1]


Sipilä completed his matriculation examination in 1980 and a Master's degree in engineering from the University of Oulu in 1986.


Sipilä has a wife and five children.


His career started in Lauri Kuokkanen Ltd., first as a thesis worker and later as a product development manager. Changing jobs, he became a partner and later CEO at Solitra Oy. In 1998, he started up his own business, Fortel Invest Oy. In 2002-2005 he worked as the CEO of Elektrobit Oyj, returned to his own business.

Sipilä was managing direcror of Solitra in 1992 and main owner since 1994. Sipilä sold Solitra in 1996 to American ADC Telecommunications and became a millionaire. Business ADC Mersum Oy was resold to Remec in 2001.[2][3]


As a student, Sipilä worked for a short time in the Finnish Centre Youth, but otherwise he has not had experience in party politics before being elected to the parliament in 2011. [4]

In April 2012, Sipilä announced his candidacy for the chairman's position in the party congress of the summer. On May 9, 2012, the party congress elected him as the chairman, beating Tuomo Puumala in the second round with 1251 vs. 872 delegate votes.

Personal Life[edit]

Sipilä is known for his wood gas car hobby. [5] He is a member of Word of Peace (Rauhan Sana), a Lutheran Laestadian group.


  1. ^ Juha Sipilä accessed 9 June 2012
  2. ^ Yritysuutiset8.1.2004
  3. ^ Yrityskaupan hyväksyminen; Remec, Inc. / ADC Mersum Oy 26.10.2001
  4. ^ Miska Rantanen (2012). "PROFILE: Juha Sipilä". Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Miska Rantanen (2012). "PROFILE: Juha Sipilä". Helsingin Sanomat. Retrieved 28 June 2012.