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|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
22 June 2011 – 28 May 2015
|Prime Minister||Jyrki Katainen
|Preceded by||Alexander Stubb|
|Succeeded by||Timo Soini|
25 February 2000 – 18 April 2007
|Prime Minister||Paavo Lipponen
|Preceded by||Tarja Halonen|
|Succeeded by||Ilkka Kanerva|
|President of the Nordic Council|
|Preceded by||Dagfinn Høybråten|
|Succeeded by||Sinikka Bohlin|
1 July 1946 |
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Marja Helena Rajala (from 1978)|
|Alma mater||University of Helsinki|
Erkki Sakari Tuomioja (born 1 July 1946) is a Finnish politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament. From 2000 to 2007 and 2011 to 2015, he served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was President of the Nordic Council in 2008.
Tuomioja is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, although his political views are thought to be more to the left than the party line. He is also a member of ATTAC. In the past, Tuomioja has dated the former Finnish president Tarja Halonen.
Tuomioja comes from a family of politicians. His father Sakari Tuomioja was a prominent liberal Finnish politician and diplomat, and the challenger of Urho Kekkonen for the conservatives and liberals in the 1956 presidential elections. His maternal grandmother was Hella Wuolijoki, the Estonian born writer and socialist activist.
Tuomioja holds the degrees of Master of Social Sciences (1971) and Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration (1974) from the Helsinki School of Economics, as well as Licentiate in Social Sciences (1980) and Doctor in Social Sciences (1996) from the University of Helsinki. In addition to Finnish, Tuomioja speaks Swedish, English, French, German and Estonian.
Tuomioja has been a member of the Finnish Parliament 1970–1979 and 1991–present. He held the position of Minister of Trade and Industry in Lipponen's 2nd government, and became the Minister of Foreign Affairs after Tarja Halonen was elected the President of Finland.
Tuomioja, like several other Finnish socialist politicians of today, took part in the illegal occupation of the Old Student House (Vanha ylioppilastalo) in Helsinki on 25 November 1968. He was member of the anti-war group Committee of 100 of Finland and took part in the so-called Erik Schüller case, in which a group of students made public incitement against obligatory conscription. Despite his anti-war stance, Tuomioja did carry out his own mandatory military service and is a reservist staff sergeant.
Tuomioja is the author of several books. His A Delicate Shade of Pink about his grandmother Hella Wuolijoki and her sister Salme Murrik won the Non-Fiction Finlandia Prize in 2006. The book was originally written in English and translated to Finnish as Häivähdys punaista.
When Finland held the rotating EU Presidency in the second half of 2006, Tuomioja had a prominent role as the spokesman of European Union foreign policy. He was among the first to demand an immediate cessation of hostilities in the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. He was one of Finland's most dominant politicians in the 1990s.
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- Tuomioja, Erkki: Häivähdys punaista, s. 374. Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi, 2006. ISBN 951-31-3693-0 ISBN 978-951-31-3693-2.
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- "Finnish Government - Ministers of Trade and Industry". Valtioneuvosto.fi. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
- "Eduskunta - kansanedustajat". Eduskunta. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- Tuomas Manninen (2008-01-04). "Ateisti Erkki Tuomioja: Teologit ulos yliopistosta! - Ilta-Sanomat". Iltasanomat. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
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- Official website (partly in English) at the Finnish parliament
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- Finland's EU Presidency
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- Speeches and Articles by Dr. Erkki Tuomioja
- Dr. Erkki Tuomioja - The Role of Soft Power in EU Common Foreign Policy
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