Martti Ahtisaari

Finnish politician and former President of Finland

Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (pronounced About this sound[ˈmɑrt:i ˈoivɑ ˈkɑleʋi ˈɑhtisɑ:ri]) (born 23 June 1937) is a Finnish politician, former President of Finland (1994–2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.

Martti Ahtisaari
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Ahtisaari in Helsinki. (4 July 2007)
President of Finland
In office
1 March 1994 – 1 March 2000
Prime MinisterEsko Aho
Paavo Lipponen
Preceded byMauno Koivisto
Succeeded byTarja Halonen
Personal details
Born (1937-06-23) 23 June 1937 (age 83)
Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Eeva Hyvärinen[1]
ChildrenMarko Ahtisaari
Alma materUniversity of Oulu

Ahtisaari was a UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations. These negotiations were aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. In October 2008, Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".[2] The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.[3]


  1. "Eeva Ahtisaari".
  2. "The Nobel Peace Prize 2008".
  3. Bryant, Lisa (2008-10-10). "Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari Wins Nobel Peace Prize". Voice of America. Retrieved 2008-12-27. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)