Meet the Leader: H.E. Tarja Halonen

Meet the Leader: H.E. Tarja Halonen

Interview with H.E. Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland

Guest: H.E. Tarja Halonen

In this Meet the Leader interview, we discuss the journey that led to H.E. Tarja Halonen becoming the first female President of Finland, her leadership career, and the challenges she encountered along the way.

H.E. Tarja Halonen

Former President of Finland

Tarja Kaarina Halonen is a Finnish politician who was the 11th President of Finland, serving from 2000 to 2012. She was the first female head of state in Finland and while she was in office, in 2003 and 2010–11, Finland also had female prime ministers (Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi). Halonen held two appointments as a minister and served as a member of the parliament from 1979 to 2000 until her election to the presidency. In addition to her political career, Halonen had a long and extensive career in trade unions and different non-governmental organizations. Her work for advancing human rights has been notable.

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