Marju Lauristin

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Marju Lauristin
Marju Lauristin 2010.jpg
Marju Lauristin, 2010
Member of European Parliament
Assumed office
July 2014
1st Estonian Minister of Social Affairs
In office
22 October 1992 – 20 September 1994
Preceded by Positsion established
Succeeded by Toomas Vilosius
Personal details
Born (1940-04-07) 7 April 1940 (age 74)
Political party Social Democratic Party

Marju Lauristin (born April 7, 1940) is an Estonian politician and social scientist. She is the daughter of Johannes Lauristin and Olga Lauristin. Her father signed away Estonia's freedom to the Soviet Union in 1940.[1] Together with Edgar Savisaar, in 1988 Lauristin established Rahvarinne, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. In 1990 she was deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament.[1] From 1992 to 1994 she was the minister of Social Affairs of Estonia (Estonian Social Democratic Party/'Moderates'). Later, she was also a member of the Riigikogu, elected as a member of the People's Party Moderates (Estonian: Rahvaerakond Mõõdukad).


Lauristin graduated from the Tartu State University (now Tartu University) in 1966 with a degree in Journalism and Sociology of Mass Communication.

In 1976, Lauristin completed her PhD studies in Journalism at Moscow University. Her thesis was focused on content analysis of newspaper texts.

Since 2003, Lauristin has been a professor of Social communication at Tartu University.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Johanna McGeary (November 1, 1990). "Challenge In the East". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ Tartu University: list of staff of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Preceded by
(no such position)
Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia
October 22, 1992–September 20, 1994
Succeeded by
Toomas Vilosius