Christoffer Taxell

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(politician, businessman)
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Born14 February 1948
Turku, Finland
Alma materUniversity of Turku
Grey eminence decision-maker in the Finnish economy

Lars Evald Christoffer Taxell is a Finnish-Swedish business director, politician and former Chancellor of Åbo Akademi University. In Finland, he is known as the gray eminence of Swedish-speaking minority's politics, economics and culture.[1]

At the end of 2009, a newspaper chose him as the third most influential decision-maker in the Finnish economy after Björn Wahlroos and Antti Herlin.[2]

Political career

Taxell served continuously as an MP for the Swedish People's Party of Finland from 1975 to 1991 and as chairman of the party from 1985 to 1990. Taxell served as Minister of Justice from 1979 to 1987 in the governments of Mauno Koivisto and Kalevi Sorsa, after which he was still Minister of Education in the Holker Government from 1987 to 1990. Taxelli's term of office lasted for a continuous period of 4,037 days, or 11 years.

From October 2008, Taxell chaired a committee that prepared the reform of the Finnish Constitution.

In business and cultural life

From 1990 to 2002, Taxell was the CEO of Partek and from 2005 to 2006 he was the chairman of the Confederation of Finnish Industries. Taxell has was also Chairman of the Board of Finnair and as a member of the Boards of Business, Boliden Borgsöe AB, Sampo, Luvata International Oy and Nordkalk

Outside the business world, Taxell has been Chancellor of Åbo Akademi University, among other things. Taxell is the Chairman of the Board of the University Alliance and headed the Turku 2011 Foundation, which manages the European Capital of Culture project.


Taxell's father, Lars Erik Taxell, has was also chairman of the Swedish People's Party of Finland. Taxell graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Turku in 1972. He has been married to Rachel Nygård-Taxell since 1974 and has two children.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/200230 May 20022 June 2002US
Westfields Marriott
The 50th Bilderberg, held at Chantilly, Virginia.