Maria Guzenina-Richardson

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Maria Guzenina-Richardson
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Minister of Health and Social Services
In office
22 June 2011 – 24 May 2013
Preceded by Paula Risikko
Succeeded by Susanna Huovinen
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
Constituency Uusimaa
Personal details
Born (1969-01-12) 12 January 1969 (age 46)
Finland Helsinki, Finland
Political party Social Democratic Party of Finland
Children Alex, born 1999
Residence Espoo
Occupation Journalist
Website [1]

Maria Guzenina-Richardson (née Stieren, previously Lindell;[1] born 12 January 1969 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish politician who became a household name in Finland after working as a first Finnish VJ for MTV Europe from 1994 until 1997. Her career in journalism started in the late 1980s, when only at the age of 17 and still a student in high school she became a co-host of a famous Finnish television personality Timo T.A. Mikkonen in his daily magazine type program. Since then she has hosted several television programs and shows for the Finnish National Broadcasting Company, hosted several radio talk shows and has written articles and columns for numerous Finnish newspapers and magazines.

Guzenina-Richardson was elected to the Parliament of Finland in 2007 and in 2011. She has worked as a Minister of Health and Social Services from 22 June 2011 to 24 of May 2013.

After MTV[edit]

Guzenina worked as a radio journalist in the now defunct Radio Aino and Yle Q, which were both AOR radio stations targeted at the thirty-something and forty-something demographics.[citation needed] On radio she could be heard leading a daily talk show discussing current issues with politicians and experts and in addition cohosting a programme with a man about the pitfalls of relationships for couples.[citation needed] Guzenina wrote a humourus book together with Seppo Pietikäinen on the subject entitled Parisuhteen käsikirja ('A manual for relationships') and published in 2005.[citation needed]

Her later career has involved politics within the ranks of the Social Democratic Party of Finland. Her political agenda centers on families, childcare and social services.[citation needed]

She has been elected a member of the Espoo municipal council in 2004 and Member of Parliament in the spring elections of 2007.[2] She gained 12578 votes, 10th most in the country.[3] In June 2008 Guzenina-Richardson was elected as the second deputy chairman of the SDP. She was re-elected to the parliament in 2011 with 14581 votes,which was the most votes amongst female candidates and 7th in the whole country. After the election she was appointed Minister of Health and Social Services (the second minister position in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health) in the government of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen. The Social Democratic Party announced after the 2011 elections that it will likely reshuffle its ministers halfway through the term. Of the six SDP ministers, three, including Guzenina-Richardson, were swapped in May 2013. She was replaced by Susanna Huovinen.

Private life[edit]

Marriage to Briton Mark Richardson, the drummer of Skunk Anansie fame, ended in 2001 due to the spouse's alleged infidelity. Custody of their joint child was entrusted to Guzenina-Richardson, who allows paternal visits.[1]

Guzenina has given several interviews in Finland making comments about her troubled teenage years in a dysfunctional family.[citation needed] Born to a German father and a Russian mother,[4] she was raised by her single mother as an only child. In the spring of 2013 Russia accused Finland of mistreating Russian origin families in the child welfare services. Guzenina-Richardson replied that in Finland all are treated equal and one can even become a minister with Russian background.


Her surname Guzenina comes from her maternal, Russian side.[citation needed]

Before she became MTV VJ, Guzenina-Richardson hosted an advertising campaign (1994-1995) about study and job prospects in Europe with an educational rather than entertaining emphasis.[citation needed]

Guzenina-Richardson is a high school graduate.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Maria Guzenina" (in Finnish). Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Edustajamatrikkeli". Eduskunta. 
  3. ^ Kaikki ehdokkaat - Ehdokkaiden äänimäärät Yleisradio. 2007. Retrieved 26 June 2011. (Finnish)
  4. ^ Maria Guzenina City (Finnish)
  5. ^