“When the world around us is unstable, it is vital for us to succeed in our foreign policy objectives.
Realism is required to ensure the safety and prosperity of Finns.”
Matti Vanhanen, 61, is an experienced contemporary politician who has contributed greatly to the decision- making process and implementation of Finnish foreign policy. As a long-serving Prime Minister, he has a versatile and practical understanding of international cooperation. Furthermore, through his lectures, blogs, books and other publications, he has continued to be an active and leading participant in the ongoing discussion concerning Finland’s role in the world and its foreign policy objectives.
Elected as a Member of Parliament in 1991, Matti Vanhanen would later serve as Prime Minister of Finland and as Chairperson of the Center Party from 2003 until 2010. During his time as Prime Minister, he served as President of the European Council in the second half of 2006.
After taking a break from front-line politics, Matti Vanhanen returned to Parliament in 2015 where he remains to date. He currently serves in the position of Chairperson at the international Affairs Committee.
Outside of politics, Matti Vanhanen has worked as a journalist and as Head of the Family Business Network in Finland.