Sari Essayah

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Sari Essayah

Sari Miriam Essayah (born 21 February 1967, in Haukivuori) is a Finnish retired race walker and a politician, Member of the European Parliament from 2009 until 2014 and Member of Parliament since 2015. Her father is from Morocco.

After retiring from sports she entered politics and represented the Christian Democrats in the Finnish parliament between 2003–2007 but failed to get reelected in the election of 2007. She served as the Christian Democrats' party secretary from 2007 to 2009. Essayah was elected to the European Parliament in 2009 but failed to be reelected in 2014 despite her 61 000 votes. This left the Finnish Christian Democrats without MEPs in the 2014 election.[1]

Essayah was candidate in the Finnish presidential election, 2012. She came last with 2.47 percent of the votes.

In the 2015 Parliamentary elections, Essayah was elected to represent a newly formed constituency of Savonia and Karelia with over 11 000 votes.[2] She was later chosen to be the vice speaker of the Christian Democrats' Parliamentary group.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 19th 10 km
1989 Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 3rd 5000 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 5th 10 km
1991 World Race Walking Cup San Jose, United States 16th 10 km
Universiade Sheffield, England 1st 10 km
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd 10 km
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th 10 km
1993 World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 2nd 10 km
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 1st 10 km
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 10 km
1995 World Race Walking Cup Beijing, PR China 12th 10 km
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 10 km
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 16th 10 km


  1. ^ Candidates, Yle site for EU elections 2014. May 26, 2014.
  2. ^ [1] Yle site for Parliamentary elections 2015. April 24, 2015.

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