Maria Ohisalo

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December 8, 2021

Maria Karoliina Ohisalo (born March 8, 1985 in Helsinki) is a Finnish politician and researcher. He has served as Finland's Minister of the Interior in 2019–2021, as chairman of the Greens since 2019, and as co-chairman of the Association of Green Youth and Students in 2013–2014. He has been a member of the Helsinki City Council since 2017. In the 2019 parliamentary elections, he was elected Member of Parliament from the Helsinki constituency.

Early life

Ohisalo was born in 1985 to a child in his twenties in Vesala, Helsinki. Ohisalo lived his childhood in poverty in the suburbs of Helsinki. He spent one year in a shelter. The parents were sometimes unemployed, sometimes part-time. The father’s alcohol problem eventually led to the parents getting rid of it. The mother, in turn, continued her studies while working in the evenings and on the weekends. At a young age, Maria played football and athletics.

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Ohisalo graduated from Mäkelänrinne Sports High School in 2004 and received a master's degree in political science from the University of Helsinki in 2011 with a major in social policy. In 2017, Ohisalo defended his doctorate in sociology at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland. In the 2014–2017 season, Ohisalo was a member of the Federal Council of Higher Education for Social Workers.

Political career

He joined the Greens in 2008. In the 2012 municipal elections, Ohisalo received 612 votes in Helsinki and was elected deputy commissioner. In 2013, he was a member of the Youth Committee and a member of the Board of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District for the rest of 2014–2017. Ohisalo was elected to the Helsinki City Council with 4,400 votes in the 2017 municipal elections. In 2013, he co-chaired ViNO with Veli-Matti Partanen and in 2014 with Aaro Häkkinen. He was a member of the Green Party delegation from 2013 to 2015. In June 2015, he was elected vice-chairman of the party. Oshalo was a candidate in the 2014 European elections and received 3,089 votes. He was also a candidate in the 2015 parliamentary elections, receiving 4,087 votes and 109 votes in favor of the seat. Member of the parish council. In 2012, Ohisalo chaired the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' youth working group on the future of Nordic co-operation. He was also a member of the board of Pohjola-Norden's Youth Federation in 2012. Ohisalo was nominated as chairman of the Greens in the pre-Tampere party meeting in 2017 and attracted attention as a relatively unknown candidate at the time, close to second place in the six-member presidential election. Ohisalo was appointed the official deputy chairman of the Greens on 18 September 2018, after Touko Aalto had been on sick leave the previous week.

As Member of Parliament and Minister 2019

Ohisalo ran in the 2019 parliamentary elections and was elected Member of Parliament from the Helsinki constituency. Ohisalo received 11,897 votes and was the seventh most female candidate in the country. Green ends

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