Jan Vapaavuori

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Jan Vapaavuori
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Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
16 November 2012 – 29 May 2015
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
Alexander Stubb
Preceded by Jyri Häkämies
Succeeded by Olli Rehn
Minister of Housing
In office
19 April 2007 – 22 June 2011
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded by Anneli Taina
Succeeded by Krista Kiuru
Personal details
Born (1965-04-03) 3 April 1965 (age 51)
Helsinki, Finland
Political party National Coalition Party
Alma mater University of Helsinki
Hanken School of Economics

Jan Pellervo Vapaavuori (born April 3, 1965 in Helsinki) is a Finnish politician, the former Minister of Economic Affairs. Vapaavuori was Minister of Housing and Minister of Nordic Cooperation in Matti Vanhanen's second cabinet and Mari Kiviniemi's cabinet. He was a candidate for the head of his party in the June 2014 election, and as part of that the likeliest interim Prime Minister of Finland. However he eventually failed to make the eventual head-to-head round within the Coalition Party, which saw Alexander Stubb conquer Paula Risikko[1][2]

Vapaavuori has been a Helsinki City Council member since 1997.[3] He has been a member of the Parliament since 2003, from the constituency of Helsinki, and he represents the National Coalition Party.[4] From 2011 to 2012 he was the chairman of the party's parliamentary group.[5]

Vapaavuori acquired a law degree from University of Helsinki in 1989. He continued his studies in Helsinki, Uppsala, The Hague and Hanken School of Economics as well. He has worked in the National Union of University Students in Finland.

Vapaavuori is married to Outi Laitinen-Vapaavuori, a doctor of veterinary medicine.[3]

Vapaavuori has been convicted of assault, theft and driving under the influence of alcohol [6][7]


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