Rolf Witting

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Rolf Witting
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Minister of Transport and Public Works
In office
22 November 1924 – 31 March 1925
Preceded by Eero Hahl
Succeeded by Jalo Lahdensuo
In office
4 July 1930 – 21 March 1931
Preceded by Kyösti Kallio
Succeeded by Juho Niukkanen
Foreign Minister of Finland
In office
27 March 1940 – 5 March 1943
Preceded by Väinö Tanner
Succeeded by Henrik Ramsay
Personal details
Born 30 September 1879
Viipuri, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
Died 11 October 1944(1944-10-11) (aged 65)
Porvoo, Finland
Political party Swedish People's Party
Spouse(s) Ellen Julie Elise Neovius (1904–)
Occupation Politician, Professor, CEO
Profession Professor

Rolf Johan Witting (30 September 1879 in Viipuri – 11 October 1944 in Porvoo)[1] was a Finnish oceanographist and politician, member of four of Finland's cabinets 1924–1943.

Scientific career[edit]

Witting graduated as Abitur in 1897, Candidate of Philosophy in 1901, Master of Philosophy in 1907, Licentiate 1909 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1910.[1] He served as the director-general of the Finnish Institute of Marine Research from 1918–1936.[1]


He was elected as a Member of Parliament on 1 May 1924 from Uusimaa constituency.[1] He was deputy minister for Foreign Affairs 1934–1936, and the Foreign Minister 1940–1943.

Witting served in business life as a head of corporate government in the Hanken School of Economics, the Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters and the Geographical Society of Finland. Also he was as a member of corporate government in Teollisuushypoteekkipankki, Suomen pankkiyhdistys and Hufvudstadsbladet.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rolf Witting: Kansanedustajana 01.05.1924 - 01.09.1927" (in Finnish). Eduskunta - edustajamartikkeli. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Väinö Tanner
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Carl Henrik Ramsay