Stefan Wallin


Stefan Erik Wallin (born 1 June 1967 in Vaasa) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish politician. He was Finland's Minister of Culture and Sport in Matti Vanhanen's cabinet 2007–2011, Minister of Defence in Jyrki Katainen's cabinet 2011–2012 and a Member of Parliament 2007–2019.[2]

Stefan Wallin
Stefan Wallin in 2012
Minister of Defence[1]
In office
22 June 2011 (2011-06-22) – 5 July 2012 (2012-07-05)
Prime MinisterJyrki Katainen
Preceded byJyri Häkämies
Succeeded byCarl Haglund
Minister of Culture and Sport
In office
19 April 2007 (2007-04-19) – 22 June 2011 (2011-06-22)
Prime MinisterMatti Vanhanen
Mari Kiviniemi
Preceded byTanja Karpela
Succeeded byPaavo Arhinmäki
Minister of the Environment
In office
1 January 2007 (2007-01-01) – 19 April 2007 (2007-04-19)
Prime MinisterMatti Vanhanen
Preceded byJan-Erik Enestam
Succeeded byPaula Lehtomäki
Personal details
Born (1967-06-01) 1 June 1967 (age 56)
Vaasa, Finland
Political partySwedish People's Party
EducationMaster of Social Sciences
WebsiteOfficial website

Wallin was born in Vaasa and studied at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, where he graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Sciences. He worked as a reporter for the newspaper Vasabladet from 1989 to 1993 before acting as a research assistant for the Swedish People's Party. He served as a Special Adviser successively to the Ministers of Transport, European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Interior, and Defence from 1994 to 2000.

He was Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a leader writer for the newspaper Åbo Underrättelser from 2000 to 2005. He then served as State Secretary to the Minister of the Environment from 2005 to 2007.

Wallin was appointed Minister of the Environment and Minister at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs responsible for Nordic Cooperation by President Tarja Halonen on 29 December 2006. He succeeded Jan-Erik Enestam, who was also Wallin's predecessor as chairman of the Swedish People's Party. On 22 June 2011 he was appointed the Minister of Defence. He gave up the position in 2012, when he was succeeded by Carl Haglund as Defence Minister as well as the chairman of the party.

On 14 June 2016, Wallin was chosen as the chairman of the Swedish Parliamentary Group, after the previous chair Anna-Maja Henriksson had been elected as the leader of the party.[3] In February 2018, Wallin announced that he wouldn't take part in the 2019 parliamentary election.[4] In April 2019, soon after the parliamentary election, Wallin was announced as the new CEO of Miltton Networks.[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "Council of State - Ministers of Defence". Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ "MPs: Stefan Wallin". Parliament of Finland. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Stefan Wallin RKP:n eduskuntaryhmän puheenjohtajaksi". Yle. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Stefan Wallin jättää eduskunnan - ei asetu ehdolla ensi vuoden vaaleissa". Iltalehti. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Rkp:n entinen puheenjohtaja Stefan Wallin siirtyy lobbausyhtiö Miltton Networksin toimitusjohtajaksi". Helsingin Sanomat. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of the Environment
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Culture and Sports
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Defence
Succeeded by

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