Sampo Terho

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Sampo Terho
Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports
Assumed office
5 May 2017
Prime MinisterJuha Sipilä
Preceded byTimo Soini (European Affairs)
Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (Education and Culture)
Member of Parliament
for Helsinki
In office
22 April 2015 – 14 April 2019
Member of the European Parliament
for Finland
In office
19 April 2011 – 27 April 2015
Succeeded byPirkko Ruohonen-Lerner
Personal details
Born (1977-09-20) 20 September 1977 (age 41)
Political partyBlue Reform (2017−)
Finns Party (until 2017)
Alma materUniversity of Tampere
WebsiteOfficial website

Sampo Terho (Born 20 September 1977)[1] is a Finnish politician and the current Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports. He is the chairman of Suomalaisuuden Liitto and was earlier a Member of the European Parliament.

Terho graduated from the University of Tampere in 2003 with a Master's degree in Finnish History, and has worked as a researcher in the Finnish National Defence University. He has written a book on the history of capital punishment.[2] Terho has also served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia & Herzegovina.[3] Terho received the second largest number of votes on the Finns Party (then known as the True Finns) electoral list in the 2009 European Parliament election. He succeeded Timo Soini in the European Parliament when Soini was elected to Parliament of Finland in the 2011 election.[4] He was re-elected in the 2014 election.

Terho participated in the 2015 parliamentary election and was elected to the parliament with 10,067 personal votes.[5] His term in the European Parliament ended on 27 April, when Terho officially accepted the seat in the Finnish Parliament.[6] He subsequently became the chairman of the Finns Party's parliamentary group.[7] On 5 May 2017, he started as the Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports in Sipilä Cabinet.[8]

In 2017, Terho ran against Jussi Halla-aho for party chairmanship, but ultimately lost the chairmanship election at the party convention on 10 June. On 13 June, Terho and 19 others left the Finns Party parliamentary group to found the New Alternative parliamentary group which was turned into a new party known as Blue Reform.[9] After the split, the New Alternative group took the Finns Party's place in the cabinet and Terho continued as a Minister.

In 2019 parliamentary election, Terho was a candidate of the Blue Reform in Uusimaa constituency, but was not elected.[10]

Terho wrote a chamber music piece, of around five minutes long, to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence, for the Kuopio city orchestra. The piece is arranged by Terho with conductor Heikki Elo, who together have orchestrated the piece.[11][12][13]

Electoral history[edit]

European Parliament elections[edit]

Year Constituency Votes Percentage Result
2009 Finland 9,374 0.56% Substitute
2014 Finland 33,833 1.96% Elected

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Year Constituency Votes Percentage Result
2015 Helsinki 10,067 2.80% Elected
2019 Uusimaa 3,118 0.57% Not elected

Municipal elections[edit]

Year Municipality Votes Percentage Result
2017 Helsinki 3,381 1.04% Elected



  1. ^ Sampo TERHO. European Parliament, 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  2. ^ Sampo Terho: Silmä silmästä: Kuolemanrangaistuksen historiaa. Jyväskylä: Atena, 2007. ISBN 978-951-796-495-1
  3. ^ "Etusivu".
  4. ^ "Sampo TERHO - Parliamentary activities - MEPs - European Parliament".
  5. ^ "Valitut ehdokkaat Helsingin vaalipiiri". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Hannu Takkula aloitti työnsä EU-parlamentissa". Ilta-sanomat. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  7. ^ Sampo Terho on uusi perussuomalaisten ryhmäjohtaja, Yle 1 June 2015, accessed 1 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Presidentti nimitti kolme uutta ministeriä – perussuomalaisten uusi kulttuuriministeri nosti kärkiaiheekseen poliittisten nuorisojärjestöjen tuet". Helsingin Sanomat. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Tällainen on Uusi vaihtoehto – Nämä kansanedustajat jättivät perussuomalaiset". Yle. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Ministeri toisensa jälkeen putosi eduskunnasta – he joutuvat hakemaan uutta työtä". Iltalehti (in Finnish). 15 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
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  14. ^ "Information Service". Ministry of Justice of Finland. Retrieved 3 July 2017.