Annika Saarikko

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Person.png Annika Saarikko   TwitterRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born10 November 1983
Alma materUniversity of Turku
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2019
Finnish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Employment.png Deputy Prime Minister of Finland

In office
10 September 2020 - Present

Employment.png Finland/Minister of Finance

In office
27 May 2021 - Present

Employment.png Finland/Minister of Science and Culture

In office
6 August 2020 - 27 May 2021

Employment.png Leader of the Centre Party (Finland)

In office
5 September 2020 - Present

Annika Virpi Irene Saarikko is a Finnish politician and minister. On 5 September 2020, she was elected as the leader of the Finnish Centre Party.[1]

She was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019.

Early life and education

Saarikko was born in Oripää, Finland. She has a bachelor's degree in educational science and a master's degree in philosophy (majoring in media studies) from the University of Turku.

Political career

From July 2009 to January 2010, Saarikko worked as a press assistant to Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Paavo Väyrynen, from February to May 2010 as a special assistant to Minister for Social Affairs and Health Liisa Hyssälä and from May to June 2010 as a special assistant to his successor Juha Rehula.[2]

On 14 June 2010, Saarikko was elected to the vice chair of the Centre Party.[3] She was elected to the Parliament of Finland in 2011 Finnish parliamentary election.[4]

From 10 July 2017 to 6 June 2019 Saarikko was the minister of family affairs and social services.[5] On 6 June 2019, she was appointed as minister of science and culture. Saarikko took maternity leave on 9 August 2019, and the position was filled by Hanna Kosonen until Saarikko reassumed her post in August 2020.[6] She became Deputy Prime Minister, traditionally held by the leader of the second largest party in the government coalition, in September 2020.

In May 2021 Saarikko became Minister of Finance.[7]


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