Stefan Wallin

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Stefan Wallin
Stefan Wallin at the Pentagon May 10 2012 crop.jpg
Stefan Wallin in 2012
Minister of Defence
In office
22 June 2011 (2011-06-22) – 5 July 2012 (2012-07-05)
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
Preceded by Jyri Häkämies
Succeeded by Carl Haglund
Minister of Culture and Sport
In office
19 April 2007 (2007-04-19) – 22 June 2011 (2011-06-22)
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded by Tanja Karpela
Succeeded by Paavo Arhinmäki
Minister of the Environment
In office
1 January 2007 (2007-01-01) – 19 April 2007 (2007-04-19)
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
Preceded by Jan-Erik Enestam
Succeeded by Paula Lehtomäki
Personal details
Born (1967-06-01) 1 June 1967 (age 50)
Vaasa, Finland
Political party Swedish People's Party
Education Master of Social Sciences
Website Official website

Stefan Erik Wallin (born 1 June 1967 in Vaasa) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish politician. He was Finland's Minister of Defence in Jyrki Katainen's cabinet between 2011-2012.

Wallin was born in Vaasa and studied at the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, where he graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Sciences. He worked as a reporter for the newspaper Vasabladet from 1989 to 1993 before acting as a research assistant for the Swedish People's Party. He served as a Special Adviser successively to the Ministers of Transport, European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Interior, and Defence from 1994 to 2000.

He was Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a leader writer for the newspaper Åbo Underrättelser from 2000 to 2005. He then served as State Secretary to the Minister of the Environment from 2005 to 2007.

Wallin was appointed Minister of the Environment and Minister at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs responsible for Nordic Cooperation by President Tarja Halonen on 29 December 2006. He succeeded Jan-Erik Enestam, who was also Wallin's predecessor as chairman of the Swedish People's Party. On 22 June 2011 he was appointed the Minister of Defence. He gave up the position in 2012, when he was succeeded by Carl Haglund as Defence Minister as well as the chairman of the party.

On 14 June 2016, Wallin was chosen as the chairman of the Swedish Parliamentary Group, after the previous chair Anna-Maja Henriksson had been elected as the leader of the party.[1]


  1. ^ "Stefan Wallin RKP:n eduskuntaryhmän puheenjohtajaksi". Yle. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jan-Erik Enestam
Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Paula Lehtomäki
Preceded by
Tanja Saarela
Minister for Culture and Sports
Succeeded by
Paavo Arhinmäki
Preceded by
Jyri Häkämies
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Carl Haglund