|Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports|
|Assumed office |
5 May 2017
|Prime Minister||Juha Sipilä|
|Preceded by||Timo Soini (European Affairs)|
Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (Education and Culture)
|Member of Parliament|
22 April 2015 – 14 April 2019
|Member of the European Parliament|
19 April 2011 – 27 April 2015
|Succeeded by||Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner|
|Born||20 September 1977|
|Political party||Blue Reform (2017−)|
Finns Party (until 2017)
|Alma mater||University of Tampere|
Sampo Terho (Born 20 September 1977) 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. Terho has also served as a peacekeeper in Bosnia & Herzegovina. 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. 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. His term in the European Parliament ended on 27 April, when Terho officially accepted the seat in the Finnish Parliament. He subsequently became the chairman of the Finns Party's parliamentary group. On 5 May 2017, he started as the Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports in Sipilä Cabinet.
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. After the split, the New Alternative group took the Finns Party's place in the cabinet and Terho continued as a Minister.
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.
European Parliament elections
- Sampo TERHO. European Parliament, 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- Sampo Terho: Silmä silmästä: Kuolemanrangaistuksen historiaa. Jyväskylä: Atena, 2007. ISBN 978-951-796-495-1
- "Sampo TERHO - Parliamentary activities - MEPs - European Parliament". www.europarl.europa.eu.
- "Valitut ehdokkaat Helsingin vaalipiiri". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "Hannu Takkula aloitti työnsä EU-parlamentissa". Ilta-sanomat. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- Sampo Terho on uusi perussuomalaisten ryhmäjohtaja, Yle 1 June 2015, accessed 1 June 2015.
- "Presidentti nimitti kolme uutta ministeriä – perussuomalaisten uusi kulttuuriministeri nosti kärkiaiheekseen poliittisten nuorisojärjestöjen tuet". Helsingin Sanomat. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- "Tällainen on Uusi vaihtoehto – Nämä kansanedustajat jättivät perussuomalaiset". Yle. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "Ministeri toisensa jälkeen putosi eduskunnasta – he joutuvat hakemaan uutta työtä". Iltalehti (in Finnish). 15 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
- "Information Service". vaalit.fi. Ministry of Justice of Finland. Retrieved 3 July 2017.