Could you explain to our readers when you decided to become a politician?
I started as an activist. NGO-world is still close to me. When you realise, that you can really make a difference and work for a better world, you can’t stop.

Did you have strong political beliefs during your youth?
As a child I was a communist. I wanted to believe, that human nature is good and altruistic.

Was the choice of becoming a “full time politician” difficult to make? Why?
No it wasn’t. To be a parliamentarian isn’t a real profession. I’m still quite young and if I want to, I can make many different careers during my lifetime. It’s never too late to choose differently. But right now I really enjoy my work in parliament.

How could you present The Green League of Finland to our readers who don’t know it?
Our main task is to make an ecological turn for Finland and for the world. We think that society must be based on sustainable development and equality. The roots of the Finnish Greens as a political movement go back to the direct action tradition of the late 1970’s when a growing awareness of the deterioration of the state of the enviroment found a counterpart in movements promoting alternative ideas in social policy and rejuvenating grassroots democracy. The Finnish Greens first took part in parliamentary elections in 1983.

When did The Green League of Finland started to be considered as a major party in the Finnish political life?
The big change was in the 1995 parliamentary elections when Greens got 9 seats in the Finnish Parliament. After the elections, a broadly-based “rainbow”-government was formed, and the seat of the Minister of Enviroment was held by former Green party chair and MP, Pekka Haavisto.

If you had to describe this party with 5 words…
Environment, equality, solidarity, global, future.

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a politician?
Positive aspects are of course the possibility to change things in society and learn a lot. Negative aspect is a continuos frustration and sense of being too lazy and stupid.

Do you consider it as a profession or is it more than that?
It’s not a real profession. We are elected and it’s an honor, not a job you do for living.

If you had the possibility to totally change your profession. What would you choose?
I’m really happy with my life as it is. But it would be nice to be a decadent baroness and an artist.

Why do you think that in Europe people become less and less interested in politics?
People are interested in society and social questions. That’s politics also. People are more and more interested on activism and NGO’s. It is a good sign. The old structures of democracy like parliaments and governments haven’t bee able to keep their promises. We haven’t been worth trusting.

How do you explain the results of Mister Tony Halme during the last Parliamentary elections? Do you think that he was elected for his ideas or for other reasons?
People are looking for politicians who are real human beings, not answering machines. He has charisma and speaks about the everyday-life experiences of uneducated people. The old left should think carefully, why they don’t do that. I don’t believe that everyone who has voted for mr Halme are racists.