Pentti Arajärvi

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Pentti Arajärvi
Pentti Arajärvi 2017 02.jpg
First Gentleman of Finland
In role
1 March 2000 – 1 March 2012
President Tarja Halonen
Preceded by Eeva Ahtisaari (as First Lady)
Succeeded by Jenni Haukio (as First Lady)
Personal details
Born (1948-06-02) 2 June 1948 (age 70)
Helsinki, Finland
Political party Social Democratic Party of Finland
Spouse(s) Tarja Halonen (m. 2000)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Helsinki
Occupation Doctor of Law

Pentti Ilkka Olavi Arajärvi (born 2 June 1948, Helsinki) is a Finnish doctor of law. He is the husband of Tarja Halonen, who was the President of Finland between 2000 and 2012. During that time, he held the unofficial title of First Gentleman of Finland. Arajärvi was elected to the Helsinki City Council in the 2012 municipal elections.

Personal life[edit]

On 26 August 2000, after a relationship of more than fifteen years, Arajärvi married his longtime partner, Tarja Halonen, who was at the time the President of Finland, in a civil ceremony at her official residence, Mäntyniemi. Arajärvi has an adult son, Esko, and Halonen has an adult daughter, Anna, both of whom are from previous relationships.


He is a non-active member of a Finnish scout troop Helsingin Kotkat.


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


  1. ^ Belga Pictures Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine. Photo during the gala dinner of the state visit of H.E. Mrs Tarja Halonen, President of Finnish Republic & Docteur Pentti Arajärvi in Belgium (30/03 - 01/04/2004)
  2. ^ Icelandic Presidency Website (Icelandic), Order of the Falcon, Arajärvi, Pentti[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Noblesse et Royautés" website Archived 2013-07-10 at the Wayback Machine., article (in French) with photos of gala dinner
  4. ^ Archived 2013-05-24 at the Wayback Machine., State visit of President Tarja Halonen in Luxembourg in november 2008 (article in French with photos showing the decorations)
  5. ^ Photo of presidential and royal couples

External links[edit]

  • Pentti Arajärvi in the archived website of The President of the Republic of Finland