Who am I?
I’m 30 years old, a Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Culture, a Master of Social Sciences and a passionate change-maker.
My mother is a textile artist and my father is an entrepreneur. Growing up, our family’s income was sometimes scarce. But our parents taught us that a person’s worth can’t be measured by money: it’s love and caring which count. These life basics shouldn’t be left aside in one’s private life or politics. Especially, in this harshening political climate, empathy and tolerance are important building blocks for our society.
Before becoming a Special Adviser, I worked as a political journalist. I’ve also worked as an orderly and as the Manager of the Center Party Youth in Helsinki. My very first summer job was on our neighbor’s strawberry farm. In high-school I financed by studies by working as a cleaner.
I currently live in Lauttasaari, but I’ve also lived in Töölö, Vallila, Kallio, Punavuori, Alppila and Oulunkylä. I spent my childhood in Leppävirta, Northern Savonia. I did my bachelor’s studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, and I’ve also lived and worked in Australia.
I cherish breakfasts with my loved ones, deep conversations over a glass of wine and jogs in the beautiful Finnish nature.
Climate Change Can Be Kept in Check
We need to reduce emissions, create new technology and grow more carbon sinks to reduce the impact of climate change. Locally grown food is also an essential part of the solution for tackling climate change. Farmers should be given incentives to absorb carbon on their farms.
The Welfare Society: A Source for Finnish Pride
I grew up in a low-income artist/entrepreneur family. The core values of the welfare society are close to my heart. Families need more support. Furthermore, there is need for more easily accessible mental health services. We also need more know-how, entrepreneurship and possibilities for flexible work.
Internationality is vital for Finland
As a small country Finland depends on the rest of the world. Finland benefits from taking an active role in the EU and other international organizations. We need immigration. Finland needs to welcome the diverse people who come here to study, to seek refuge, to work and to start a family.