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Could you explain to our readers when you decided to become a politician?
I have never decided to become a politician, and still after 9 years as a MP I have some difficulties to think of myself as one. I just always have felt a strong need to discuss and influence on things. When I was younger I never could say no if somebody asked me to be active and take part in something.
Did you have strong political beliefs during your youth?
Yes. It is really funny to read for example a libretto for a ballet that I wrote at the age of 12, because it’s a strong green manifesto. Since then I have learned that the world isn’t as black and white as I thought then. But hopefully that little passionate girl who wanted to save the world will keep on living inside of me forever.
Was the choice of becoming a “full time politician” difficult to make?
I was 19 when the greens asked me to enter as a candidate in general election, and it was the first time in my life I was allowed to vote. I said immediately yes, and since then the green family has played a major role in my life. I felt like coming home when I learned to know the greens. Now when I have two sons it is much harder to be a “full-time politician” than it was as a student and not yet a MP. I got my first son at the same time as I was elected to the parliament at the age of 24, and the change to become a mother was much bigger than the change to become a MP.
If you had to describe your political convictions with 5 words…
Every child has the right to be loved.
How could you present the Green Party to our readers who don’t know it?
The main interest group that we are working for is the generation that is yet not born or is still very young. We should live on this planet as if we had borrowed it from our children. The Green Party tries to come up with solutions for our modern society that could give everybody a better opportunity to live a peaceful life with their loved ones. Human rights, justice, fairness, equality and sustainable development are the values the growing Green League is working for.
As a member of the Parliament, what will be your priorities for the near future?
Budget, financial aid to students (student grant), public transport, more money to local governments for basic services such as education/schools, health care, taking care of the aged etc. In my opinion there is no need to take more national debt but instead the possible additional expenses should be compensated by raising environmental taxes.
What are the positive and negative aspects of being a politician?
I have marvellous friends in the green parliamentary group, also my assistant, and I really enjoy learning new things and meeting new people all the time. Sometimes I get too upset with the political game, but it’s for a big help to be able to share my feelings with the other greens. I would like to have a shorter way to my work. Now I have to sit on a train 2h+2h, every day.
Do you consider it as a profession or is it more than that?
It feels more like a mission, but not a Mission Impossible.
If you had the possibility to totally change your profession. What would you choose?
It would be interesting also to work as a journalist and to try to change the world with power of the media.
Why do you think that in Europe people become less and less interested in politics?
We are living in a world that runs faster all the time and the feeling of competition and selfishness has grown. Politics needs people to take time to think, discuss and care.
What should be done to change this situation?
We should follow the example of France and shorten the working hours. The society should show that winning and competition in economic growth is of no use if we feel depressed and stressed. We should rather do the measuring by how happy and loved the children and our elderly people feel.
What are your professional or personal projects for the future?
My project of saving the Baltic Sea for the future generations is still going on.