Paavo Lipponen

Paavo Tapio Lipponen (pronounced [ˈpɑːʋo ˈlipːonen] (listen); born 23 April 1941) is a Finnish politician and former reporter. He was Prime Minister of Finland from 1995 to 2003,[1] and Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Finland from 1993 to 2005. He also served as Speaker of the Parliament of Finland from 2003 to 2007[2] and was his party's nominee in the 2012 Finnish presidential election but received only 6.7% of the votes,[3] making it the biggest defeat the Social Democratic Party had ever received in Finnish Presidential elections at the time.[4] Lipponen is currently the oldest living former Prime Minister of Finland.

Paavo Lipponen
Lipponen in 2004.
38th Prime Minister of Finland
In office
13 April 1995  17 April 2003
PresidentMartti Ahtisaari
Tarja Halonen
DeputySauli Niinistö
Ville Itälä
Preceded byEsko Aho
Succeeded byAnneli Jäätteenmäki
Speaker of the Finnish Parliament
In office
22 April 2003  20 March 2007
Preceded byLiisa Jaakonsaari (Acting)
Succeeded byTimo Kalli
In office
28 March 1995  19 April 1995
Preceded byRiitta Uosukainen
Succeeded byRiitta Uosukainen
Personal details
Born
Paavo Tapio Lipponen

(1941-04-23) 23 April 1941 (age 80)
Turtola, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic
Spouse(s)Päivi Lipponen (née Hiltunen)
Alma materDartmouth College
University of Helsinki
Military service
Branch/serviceFinnish Army
RankStaff Sergeant