Annika Saarikko

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Annika Saarikko
Annika Saarikko 122014.jpg
Annika Saarikko in 2014.
Minister of Science and Culture
In office
6 June 2019 – 9 August 2019
Prime MinisterAntti Rinne
Preceded bySampo Terho
Succeeded byHanna Kosonen
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services
In office
10 July 2017 – 6 June 2019
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byJuha Rehula
Succeeded byKrista Kiuru
Personal details
Born (1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 36)
Oripää, Southwest Finland, Finland
Political partyCentre Party

Annika Virpi Irene Saarikko (born 10 November 1983 in Oripää, Finland) is a Finnish politician and minister. She is the vice chairman of the Finnish Centre Party (Keskusta).[1]

Saarikko has bachelor's degree of media studies from the University of Turku.

Her political career got a huge boost on 14 June 2010 in Lahti when she was elected to the vice chair of the Centre Party.[2] She was elected to the Parliament of Finland in 2011 Finnish parliamentary election.[1] From 10 July 2017 to 6 June 2019 Saarikko has been the minister of family affairs and social services.[3] On 6 June 2019 she was appointed as minister of science and culture. Saarikko took maternity leave on 9 August 2019 and was succeeded by Hanna Kosonen as minister of science and culture. Saarikko will reassume her post in August 2020.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Annika Saarikko". Parliament of Finland. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Mari Kiviniemi chosen as new Centre Party leader and prospective PM". Helsingin Sanomat. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Annika Saarikko as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Sipilä's Government". Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö.
  4. ^ "Hanna Kosonen appointed as Minister of Science and Culture". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 2019-08-09.