Anne Holmlund

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Anne Holmlund
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Interior Minister of Finland
In office
April 19, 2007 – June 22, 2011
President Tarja Halonen
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded by Olli-Pekka Heinonen
Succeeded by Päivi Räsänen
Member of the Parliament of Finland
Assumed office
February 02, 2002
Constituency Satakunta
Personal details
Born Anne Elisabeth Holmlund
(1964-04-18) April 18, 1964 (age 52)
Pori, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party National Coalition Party
Spouse(s) Jarmo Peltomaa
Residence Ulvila
Occupation Politician

Anne Elisabeth Holmlund (born April 18, 1964) is a Finnish politician and Interior Minister of Finland since 2007 until 2011. She has been a Member of Parliament for the National Coalition Party since 2002.

Political career[edit]

Holmlund has been a member of the city council of Ulvila since 1989, and the council chairman 2001-2002 and 2005-2007. She was a member of the kaupunginhallitus 1993-2000 and the vice-chairmain 2003-2004. She has been a Member of Parliament for the National Coalition Party since 2002. On April 19, 2007 she was chosen to be Interior Minister in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet.[1]

After the Kauhajoki school shooting in September 2008 Holmlund came under considerable pressure from some members of parliament, particularly those in the Left Alliance,[2] to quit for failing to change legislation in order to prevent the shooting.[3] A similar event in Jokela had taken place barely a year earlier. Leading the call for her deposition was Anneli Lapintie; Tarja Filatov, parliamentary group leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) also questioned the government over what it had done since the Jokela incident.[4] Minister of Finance Jyrki Katainen issued his full support to Holmlund.[4] A survey by pollster Taloustutkimus for YLE showed that dissension towards Holmlund was not widespread: only a quarter of members from smaller parties felt she should step down, only 10% of SDP members (with 80% supporting her to stay on), and 90% of the government's partners wanted her to hold on to her ministry. Amongst the population, 82% felt she should continue.[2] Holmlund herself stated at a news conference that resignation "would be tantamount to desertion".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Holmlund is married to Jarmo Peltomaa, and her father was Ilmari Holmlund, a known politician from Pori.[1]


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