Astrid Thors

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Astrid Thors
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Member of the Finnish Parliament
Assumed office
OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
In office
20 August 2013 – 19 August 2016
Minister of Migration and European Affairs
In office
19 April 2007 – 21 June 2011
Member of the European Parliament
for Finland
In office
11 November 1996 – 19 July 2003
Personal details
Astrid Gunilla Margareta Thors

(1957-11-06) 6 November 1957 (age 61)
Helsinki, Finland
Political partySwedish People's Party of Finland
Juhani Turunen (m. 2004)
Alma materHelsinki University (Master of Laws)

Astrid Gunilla Margareta Thors (born 6 November 1957) is a Member of the Finnish Parliament since 2004. A Finnish-Swedish politician, formerly of the Swedish People's Party, Thors is a Candidate of Law and held several senior jobs before becoming a Member of the European Parliament in 1996 where she worked until 2004. From 2005–2007 she chaired the Swedish Assembly of Finland.

After the 2007 elections she was chosen to be the new Minister of Migration and European Affairs in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet.

During 2007 and 2011 Thors became a target of the increasing anti-immigration and anti-European Union sentiment. She received death threats[1][2] that were consequently investigated by the police, and faced a lot of criticism, in parliament and especially on chat and blogging sites. This regardless of the fact that during her term, the Finnish immigration policy continued to tighten outside the EU directives. The critique Minister Thors faced subsequently led to a decision not to continue this ministerial position in Prime Minister Katainen's government, and immigration policy was returned under the Interior Minister's wings and EU policy was given to the new position of the Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade.[citation needed]

From 20 August 2013 to 19 August 2016 she was at the position of OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.[3] At this post she was preceded by Ambassador Knut Vollebaek[4] of Norway and succeeded by Ambassador Lamberto Zannier[5] of Italy.

Personal life[edit]

In 2004, Thors married Juhani Terho Antero Turunen.


  1. ^ "Kunnallispoliitikon Thors-tappouhkaus syyttäjälle" [Council Member's Death Threat to the Prosecutor] (in Finnish). 2010-06-14.
  2. ^ "Facebook-tappouhkaus: Thors tekee rikosilmoituksen" [Thors to Report Facebook Group Death Threats to the Police] (in Finnish). 2010-02-26.
  3. ^ "Astrid Thors | OSCE". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  4. ^ "Knut Vollebaek | OSCE". Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  5. ^ "Lamberto Zannier | OSCE". Retrieved 2017-11-20.


Preceded by
post created
Minister for EU and immigration (Finland)
Succeeded by
Päivi Räsänen (as Minister of Internal Affairs), Alexander Stubb (as Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade)