Jürgen Ligi

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Jürgen Ligi
Jürgen Ligi, 2011.jpg
Minister of Education and Research
Assumed office
9 April 2015
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Jevgeni Ossinovski
Minister of Finance
In office
3 June 2009 – 3 November 2014
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Taavi Rõivas
Preceded by Ivari Padar
Succeeded by Maris Lauri
Minister of Defence
In office
10 October 2005 – 5 April 2007
Prime Minister Andrus Ansip
Preceded by Jaak Jõerüüt
Succeeded by Jaak Aaviksoo
Personal details
Born (1959-07-16) 16 July 1959 (age 57)
Tartu, Estonia
Political party Reform Party
Children 2
Alma mater University of Tartu

Jürgen Ligi (born 16 July 1959 in Tartu) is an Estonian politician, a member and the Vice-Chairman of the liberal Reform Party. He has been the Minister of Education and Research in Taavi Rõivas' cabinet since 9 April 2015.[1] Previously, Ligi has served as the Minister of Defence from 2005 to 2007 and as the Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

After graduating from Tartu Second Gymnasium in 1977, he studied geography and foreign economics at the University of Tartu. He also graduated from the Estonian Business School. Ligi has been the Head of Kuressaare Branch of the EVEA Pank, the Economic Advisor and Business Consultant to Kaarma Parish Rural Municipality Government, the Head of the Kuressaare Regional Office of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chief Specialist of Saaremaa Agro-industrial Association, and the Economist of the Planning Institute of the National Planning Committee.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Ligi was member of the Riigikogu from 1995–2005, from 2007–2009 and from 2014–2015.

Minister of Defence[edit]

From 2005 to 2007, Jürgen Ligi was the Minister of Defence.

Minister of Finance[edit]

On 3 June 2009, he was nominated Minister of Finance and sworn in a day later. In October 2014, Ligi raised controversy by bringing up the ethnicity of the Minister of Education and Research Jevgeni Ossinovski.[2] Ligi later apologized but was pressured to resign from his post.[3]

Minister of Education and Research[edit]

Ligi became the Minister of Education and Research in Taavi Rõivas' Taavi Rõivas' second cabinet 9 April 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Jürgen Ligi is the son of archeologist Herbert Ligi. Jürgen's mother Reet's father was archeologist Harri Moora. His brother Priit Ligi was also an archeologist; he died on the cruise ferry MS Estonia that sank in 1994. Jürgen's sister Katre is married to poet Hando Runnel. He is also related to poet Juhan Viiding and politician Indrek Tarand. Jürgen Ligi himself is married and has two sons.[4]


  1. ^ "New Estonian government assumes office". ERR. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Finance Minister Brings Up Ethnicity in Sparring With Education Minister, Opening Old Wounds". ERR. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ligi Submits Letter of Resignation". ERR. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Pullerits, Priit (2010-10-23). "Jürgen Ligi: siin ei ole mingit ohverdamist!" (in Estonian). Postimees. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jaak Jõerüüt
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Jaak Aaviksoo
Preceded by
Helir-Valdor Seeder
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Maris Lauri
Preceded by
Jevgeni Ossinovski
Minister of Education and Research
Preceded by
Keit Pentus-Rosimannus
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Succeeded by
Marina Kaljurand