Pekka Haavisto

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Pekka Haavisto
Pekka Haavisto 2x3.jpg
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Helsinki
Assumed office
Minister of the Environment
In office
Preceded by Sirpa Pietikäinen
Succeeded by Satu Hassi
Minister for International Development
In office
Preceded by Heidi Hautala
Succeeded by Sirpa Paatero
Personal details
Born (1958-03-23) 23 March 1958 (age 59)
Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Political party Green League
Spouse(s) Nexar Antonio Flores
Residence Helsinki

Pekka Olavi Haavisto (born 23 March 1958 in Helsinki) is a Finnish politician and minister representing the Green League. He returned to the Finnish Parliament in the Finnish parliamentary election of March 2007 after an absence of 12 years and was re-elected again in 2011. In October 2013 he was appointed as the Minister for International Development after Heidi Hautala resigned from the job. He has also been a member of the Helsinki City Council.

Political career[edit]

Haavisto was a member of the Parliament of Finland from 1987 to 1995. He was the chairperson of the Green League from 1993 to 1995. He served as the Minister of the Environment in Paavo Lipponen's first cabinet between 1995 and 1999. He was the first European cabinet minister representing a Green party.[1][2][3]

From 1999 to 2005, Haavisto worked for the United Nations in various tasks. He led the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) research groups in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, Palestine and Sudan. He also coordinated the UN investigation in the effects of depleted uranium in Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4] Haavisto also represented the UNEP in the investigations in the Baia Mare mining accident in Romania.[5] In 2005 he was appointed as the special representative of the European Union in Sudan where he participated in the Darfur peace talks.[6]

In 2007 and 2011 Haavisto was re-elected to the parliament from the electoral district of Helsinki.

Presidential election 2012[edit]

Pekka Haavisto speaking about nuclear power at a public meeting in 2012.

In 2011, Haavisto was nominated as the Green League candidate for the Finnish presidential election of 2012.[7] In the first round of the election on 22 January 2012, he finished second with 18.8 percent of the votes. In the run-off on 5 February, he garnered more than one million votes (37.4 percent), yet still losing to the National Coalition Party candidate, former Finance Minister Sauli Niinistö.[8]

Haavisto was the first openly gay candidate and the first male candidate to have served in non-military service instead of the regular military service to make it to the second round of presidential elections in Finland.

Presidential election 2018[edit]

In February 2017, Haavisto announced that he will reprise his candidacy in the 2018 presidential election.[9] The decision came after Haavisto had been approached multiple times by the Green League.[10]

Personal life[edit]

After completing the matriculation examination of the upper secondary school,[11] Haavisto began studying social sciences at the University of Helsinki but did not complete the degree.[12] As a young man he chose non-military service over armed service in the Defence Forces.[13]

Haavisto lives in a registered partnership with Nexar Antonio Flores, who originally comes from Ecuador.[11]


According to the ranking of the Finnish Ulkopolitiikka magazine in 2009 Pekka Haavisto was internationally the 5th most influential person in Finland.[14][15]


  1. ^ "Personal information of representative". Parliament of Finland. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Details of minister". Finnish Government Communications Unit. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pekka Haavisto in brief". Suomi-Finland 2012 ry. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "UNEP samples from depleted uranium sites in Kosovo now being analyzed in five laboratories". NATO. 5 January 2001. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "UNEP-led Balkans Task Force scientists begin sampling of Danube river in wake of Romania cyanide spill". UNEP. 15 February 1999. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sudan: EU Special Representative Pekka Haavisto hopeful about peace in Darfur". ReliefWeb. 28 September 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Greens of Finland, Presidential elections candidate". Green League. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Presidential elections: Niinistö, Haavisto headed for second round". Finnish Broadcasting Company. 22 January 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vihreiden Pekka Haavisto lähtee presidenttikisaan – "Pitää katsoa eteenpäin seuraavaan sataan vuoteen"" (in Finnish). Helsingin sanomat. 11 February 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Vuoden 2018 presidenttipeli vielä auki – he saattavat havitella paikkaa" (in Finnish). Helsingin sanomat. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Official Finnish Parliament page for the MP
  12. ^ "Kuka Pekka Haavisto?". Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Yle election discussion program 26.1.2012 21:00-22.00
  15. ^ Suomalaiset vaikuttajat maailmalla Ulkopolitiikka 2/2009

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pekka Sauri
Chairperson of the Green League
Succeeded by
Tuija Brax
Preceded by
Sirpa Pietikäinen
Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Satu Hassi