Paula Risikko

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Paula Risikko
Paula Risikko vid Nordiska Radets session 2011 i Kopenhamn.jpg
Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
22 June 2016
Prime Minister Juha Sipilä
Preceded by Petteri Orpo
Minister of Transport and Local Government
In office
24 June 2014 – 29 May 2015
Prime Minister Alexander Stubb
Preceded by Henna Virkkunen
Succeeded by Anu Vehviläinen
Anne Berner
Minister of Social Services
In office
22 June 2011 – 24 June 2014
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
Preceded by Juha Rehula
Succeeded by Laura Räty
Personal details
Born (1960-06-04) 4 June 1960 (age 56)
Ylihärmä, Finland
(now Kauhava)
Political party National Coalition Party
Alma mater Seinäjoki University
University of Oulu
University of Kuopio
University of Tampere

Paula Risikko (born June 4, 1960, Ylihärmä) is a Finnish politician and the incumbent Minister of the Interior. She is from Seinäjoki and represents the National Coalition Party. Risikko has previously served as the Minister of Social Services 2011–2014 and Minister of Transport and Local Government 2014–2015.

Paula Risikko is Doctor of Science (Health Care) in 1997 from the University of Tampere. Her dissertation was entitled “The current and future quality requirement in nursery”. Risikko has received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Vaasa. She is taking a break from her regular position as the Vice Rector of the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, because her involvement in politics. In 2007 parliamentary elections, Risikko received 9 266 votes.

Risikko has donated to numerous health care organizations such as the NGO’s addressing Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, the Finnish delegation to the Cancer Society, Diabetes Association, Finland MS Association, Arthritis Foundation and, for example, Alfred Korde’s Finland and UNIFEM- Organization.

Risikko has been married to her husband Heikki Tapani Risikko since 2000. In 2006 Paula and her husband adopted a Chinese daughter Aino Taika Huanzhen.[1]


  1. ^ "Näilläkin julkisuudesta tutuilla on adoptiolapsi". 2 August 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 

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