I have been a Member of the European Parliament since 2012. In the European elections in 2014, I was re-elected for the mandate period lasting until 2019. I am a member of the Swedish People’s Party in Finland and a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament. I am an active member in several of the parliament’s committees. Please find contact information to the team member responsible for each committee below.
To be a Member of the Parliament (MEP) is something much bigger than I could have imagined during the election campaign. The work in the Parliament is very intensive but at the same time incredibly interesting and rewarding. It is very motivating to work in the Parliament during these times, when the challenges Europe faces seem to be ever increasing.
Politics have always interested me and already at the age of fourteen, I attended my first political meetings, among others as a delegate on Svensk Ungdom’s, the Swedish People Party’s youth organisation, congress. In the wild 1960’s, I participated as an “angry young man” in the occupation of the Student House in Helsinki in 1968. Later, the genes eventually took over. My grandfather and my father were journalists. On that track, I also ended up, but I returned to politics after my retirement from YLE (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) in 2008.
Besides politics, I write and I have published books about Russia and international affairs, as well as about the financial crisis and taxes. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing and I like trekking in the wastes of Lapland. I have five children: Linus, Sara, Leo, Kristoffer, and Alexander. I also have six grandchildren.