Annika Saarikko

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Annika Saarikko
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Annika Saarikko in 2020
Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
Assumed office
10 September 2020
Prime MinisterSanna Marin
Preceded byMatti Vanhanen
Minister of Science and Culture
Assumed office
6 August 2020
Prime MinisterSanna Marin
Preceded byHanna Kosonen
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
Leader of the Centre Party
Assumed office
5 September 2020
Preceded byKatri Kulmuni
Personal details
Annika Virpi Irene Saarikko

(1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 37)
Oripää, Southwest Finland, Finland
Political partyCentre
Erkki Papunen
(m. 2014)

Annika Virpi Irene Saarikko (born 10 November 1983 in Oripää, Finland) is a Finnish politician and minister. On 5 September 2020, she was elected as the leader of the Finnish Centre Party.[1]

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

On 14 June 2010, 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.[3] From 10 July 2017 to 6 June 2019 Saarikko was the minister of family affairs and social services.[4] On 6 June 2019 she was appointed as minister of science and culture. Saarikko took maternity leave on 9 August 2019, and the position was filled by Hanna Kosonen until Saarikko reassumed her post in August 2020.[5] She became Deputy Prime Minister, traditionally held by the leader of the second largest party in the government coalition, in September 2020.


  1. ^ "Saarikko beats Kulmuni in Centre Party leadership vote". Yle Uutiset. 2020-09-05. Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  2. ^ "Mari Kiviniemi chosen as new Centre Party leader and prospective PM". Helsingin Sanomat. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Annika Saarikko. Edustajamatrikkeli. Kansanedustajat 1907 –. Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland). (in Finnish)
  4. ^ "Annika Saarikko as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Sipilä's Government". Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö.
  5. ^ "Hanna Kosonen appointed as Minister of Science and Culture". Valtioneuvosto. Retrieved 2019-08-09..