Matti Vanhanen

Finnish politician and the 40th prime minister of Finland

Matti Taneli Vanhanen (About this soundpronunciation ) (born 4 November 1955) is a Finnish politician. He was Prime Minister of Finland from 2003 to 2010. He was also Chairman of the Centre Party, and in the second half of 2006 he was President of the European Council. In June 2019, he became Speaker of the Parliament of Finland.[1]

Matti Vanhanen
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Speaker of the Parliament of Finland
Assumed office
7 June 2019
Preceded byAntti Rinne
40th Prime Minister of Finland
In office
23 June 2003 – 22 June 2010
PresidentTarja Halonen
DeputyAntti Kalliomäki
Eero Heinäluoma
Jyrki Katainen
Preceded byAnneli Jäätteenmäki
Succeeded byMari Kiviniemi
Minister of Defence
In office
17 April 2003 – 24 June 2003
Prime MinisterAnneli Jäätteenmäki
Preceded byJan-Erik Enestam
Succeeded bySeppo Kääriäinen
Personal details
Born (1955-11-04) 4 November 1955 (age 65)
Jyväskylä, Finland
Political partyCentre Party
Merja Mäntyniemi
(m. 1985; div. 2005)
Alma materUniversity of Helsinki


  1. "Yleisen valtio-opin laitos". 31 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)