Could you explain to our readers when you decided to become a politician?
I JOINED THE PARTY (THE NATIONAL COALITION PARTY, WHICH IS A CONSERVATIVE PARTY) IN 1999 WHEN I GOT DISSATISFIED WITH THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN MY HOME TOWN ESPOO. A YEAR LATER I BECAME ELECTED A MEMBER OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF ESPOO. QUITE SOON AFTER THAT I DECIED TO RUN FOR  PARLIAMENT.

Did you have strong political beliefs during your youth?
I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN CONSERVATIVE IN MY MIND BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT.

Was the choice of becoming a “full time politician” difficult to make?
THE CHOICE WAS EASY, IT WAS MORE OR LESS A NATURAL SUCCESSION OF THINGS.

If you had to describe your political convictions with 5 words…

ACTIVITY, INDEPENDENCE, SOVREIGNTY, ORIGINALITY, SELF-GOVERNMENT CONCERNING A PERSON

How could you present The National Coalition Party to our readers who don’t know it?
IT’S A PARTY THAT REPRESENTS ALL PEOPLE, EVERYBODY IS WELCOME WITH THEIR OWN IDEAS AND BELIEFS. ACTIVE ATTITUDE IN TAKING CARE OF ONESELF IS EMPHASISED AS WELL AS THE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO REALLY CANNOT DO IT THEMSELVES.

As a member of the Parliament, what will be your priorities for the near future?
MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO COMBINE A WORKING, CAREER BASED LIFE AND A GOOD FAMILY LIFE WITH A HUSBAND AND SEVERAL CHILDREN. ASSURING CHILD FAMILIES A BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING. TAKING CARE OF A BALANCED AND HIGH- QUALITY EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN ALL FINLAND.

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a politician?

POSITIVE: YOU LEARN A LOT EVERY DAY, YOU MEET INTERESTING PEOPLE, YOU CAN HAVE A FEELING OF ACTUALLY DOING SOMETHING TO IMPROVE HOW THINGS ARE DONE.
NEGATIVE: THE DAYS ARE EXTREMELY LONG, YOU HAVE TO WORK DURING WEEKENDS TOO, AS A NEWCOMER THERE IS A LOT TO LEARN AND THAT GIVES YOU A LOT OF HOMEWORK.

Do you consider it as a profession or is it more than that? I TAKE THIS AS A
PROFESSION, AND I TRY TO AVOID CHEAP MEDIA ATTENTION, BUT IT CERTAINLY IS MORE THAN THAT – IT’S A WAY OF LIFE. I INTEND TO BE A POLITICIAN FOR 3 TO 4 TERMS AND MY PLAN IS TO DO SOMETHING ELSE TOO BEFORE I RETIRE.

If you had the possibility to totally change your profession. What would you choose?
AT THE MOMENT I’M MORE THAN SATISFIED WITH WHAT I’M DOING NOW.

Why do you think that in Europe people become less and less interested in politics?

I’M AFRAID IT’S A SIGN OF THE FACT THAT LIFE HAS BECOME RATHER EASY.
PEOPLE IN GENERAL HAVE VERY LITTLE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. THEN, THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORRIES FEEL THAT THEY ARE NOT HEARD, UNFORTUNATELY. NATURALLY, ALSO THE EFFECT OF MEDIA MAKING POLITICS A FORM OF CIRCUS HAS DIMINISHED THE VALUE OF POLITICIANS.

What should be done to change this situation? CHANGE THE ATTITUDE OF THE MEDIA,
BUT THEN AGAIN, SOME OF WHAT IS BROUGHT UP IN THE MEDIA IS THE FAULT OF POLITICIANS THEMSELVES…

What are your professional or personal projects for the future? ONLY TO BE A
GOOD MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND POLISH THE IMAGE OF POLITICIANS BY BEING THAT.