Terttu Savola

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Terttu Savola in Espoonlahti in May 2009.

Terttu Savola (née Rankila,[1] born 22 June 1941 in Vimpeli[1][2]) is a Finnish politician. She is the chairperson of the For the Poor party, a member of the council of the city of Espoo, the ambassador for human rights and children's rights in the Finnish United Nations alliance, and a lecturer in the Finnish Refugee Help Association.

In the early 1990s, Savola belonged to the council of the Christian Democratic Party and was the chairperson of the party's women association.[3] In November 1995, Savola attended the founding conference of the True Finns party, where she was elected as the party's deputy chairperson. Savola only resigned from the Christian Democratic Party after her election as deputy chairman of the True Finns.[4] In the June 1997 party conference Savola lost her place as deputy chairperson. She still remained a member of the party council.[5] In early 1998, Savola resigned from the True Finns and joined the Remonttiryhmä ("Renovation Group") party. In October 1998 Savola was elected to lead the party's women association Naisremmi ("Band of women").[6] Savola was fired from the Remonttiryhmä party in spring 1999, when she accused the party chairman Risto Kuisma of being too authoritative.[7]

Savola was elected to the city council of Espoo in the 2008 municipal elections and the party For the Poor received its first council seat in its entire history. The cause for this was an electoral alliance with the True Finns. Timo Soini's huge popularity also brought Savola, who had received 176 votes, to the city council.[8][9]

Savola was a candidate for the European Parliament in 1996 (839 votes),[10] in 2004 (1352 votes)[11] and in 2009 (385 votes)[12] In the 1994 presidential election, Savola supported Elisabeth Rehn of the Swedish People's Party of Finland,[13] and in the Finnish presidential election, 2006 she supported Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition Party.[14]

Savola is the editor of the Plari newspaper published by the Southern Ostrobothnians in Helsinki.[15] She is also a former model.[16]


  1. ^ a b Perälä, Berit: Köyhien asialla at the Wayback Machine (archived August 30, 2006) Ilkka, 3 December 2002, accessed on 25 February 2010
  2. ^ Eurovaalikone 2004: Eurovaalikone 2004 - Terttu Savola 2004. Helsingin Sanomat. Accessed on 25 February 2010
  3. ^ Hautamäki, Jaakko: Vistbacka valittiin johtamaan Perussuomalaisia, Helsingin Sanomat, 26 November 1995
  4. ^ Hautamäki, Jaakko: Vistbacka Vennamosta: Jumalauta, että kehtaakin, Helsingin Sanomat 26 November 1995
  5. ^ Nukarinen, Arja: Perussuomalaiset etsivät kannatusta "betonikennoista", Helsingin Sanomat 16 June 1997
  6. ^ Remonttiryhmä perusti naisjärjestön Helsingin Sanomat 21 October 1998
  7. ^ Pakarinen, Pete: Kuisma remontoi puoluettaan at the Wayback Machine (archived January 15, 2000), Verkkouutiset, 7 May 1999. Accessed on 25 February 2010
  8. ^ Köyhien asialla -puolue mukaan eurovaaleihin, Helsingin Sanomat 2 January 2009, accessed on 25 February 2010
  9. ^ Elected candidates: Espoo, 17 November 2008, Ministry of Justice of Finland. Accessed on 25 February 2010.
  10. ^ Official statistics of Finland. European Parliament elections 1996 (Bureau of Statistics 1997), p. 101. ISSN 0784-8439
  11. ^ Number of votes of candidates in descending order and comparison statistics, Bureau of Statistics 17 June 2004
  12. ^ Official results - the entire country, Vaalit.fi, accessed on 13 June 2009.
  13. ^ Joukko naisvaikuttajia Elisabeth Rehnin taakse, Helsingin Sanomat 21 January 1994
  14. ^ Niinistölle tukea köyhien puoleelta, MTV3 21 January 2006
  15. ^ Pihlajasaari, Jouni: Pohjalaissyntyinen Terttu Savola perusti puolueen, koska vanhat eivät toimi at the Wayback Machine (archived August 30, 2006), Pohjalainen 9 December 2002, accessed on 25 February 2010.
  16. ^ Miettinen, Hanna: Rahan puute vaivaa köyhien asialle pyrkiviä, Helsingin Sanomat, 24 May 2004, accessed on 1 August 2008.

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