Ville Niinistö

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Ville Niinistö
Ville Niinist Sanomatalo Mediatorilla 2015 11.jpg
Minister of the Environment
In office
22 June 2011 – 25 September 2014
Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
Alexander Stubb
Preceded by Paula Lehtomäki
Succeeded by Sanni Grahn-Laasonen
Chairman of the Green League
In office
11 June 2011 – 17 June 2017
Preceded by Anni Sinnemäki
Succeeded by Touko Aalto
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Finland Proper
Assumed office
18 March 2007
Personal details
Born (1976-07-30) 30 July 1976 (age 41)
Turku, Finland
Political party Green League
Spouse(s) Maria Wetterstrand
(m. 2004; div. 2012)
Children 2
Relatives Sauli Niinistö (uncle)
Alma mater University of Turku
Ville Niinistö speaks.

Ville Matti Niinistö (born 30 July 1976) is a Finnish politician. He is a member of the parliament, former chairperson of the Green League and served as Minister of the Environment from 2011 to 2014, and a member of the city council of Turku. Niinistö has a master's degree in political science from the University of Turku. Before being elected to the parliament in 2007 he worked as a doctorate student in political history (Finnish foreign policy) at the University of Turku in Finland.

Niinistö is the nephew of Sauli Niinistö, the president of Finland. He was married to Maria Wetterstrand, former spokesperson of the Swedish Green Party; they separated in 2012. They have a son, Elias, who was born in 2004, and a daughter, Linnea, born 2007. In his free time Niinistö enjoys reading, role-playing games, and football.[1]

It was revealed that he drove a car with Swedish number plate to avoid paying import tax in Finland. He had to pay €4800 penalty to the Finnish tax office.[2]

By 2017 Green League party congress, Niinistö had served two full terms as the chairman and stepped down according to the rules of the party. He was followed by MP Touko Aalto, who won the leadership election on 17 June 2017.[3]


  1. ^ Kangasniemi, Sanna (20 February 2009). "Äiti ja isä vihreä". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ville Niinistölle 4800 euron autovero - tulli lopetti veropetostutkinnan". Yle Uutiset. 
  3. ^ "Touko Aalto vihreiden puheenjohtajaksi" (in Finnish). Vihreät. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 

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