Tarja Halonen in May 2011
|11th President of Finland|
1 March 2000 â€“ 1 March 2012
|Prime Minister||Paavo Lipponen
|Preceded by||Martti Ahtisaari|
|Succeeded by||Sauli NiinistÃ¶|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
13 April 1995 â€“ 25 February 2000
|Prime Minister||Paavo Lipponen|
|Preceded by||Paavo Rantanen|
|Succeeded by||Erkki Tuomioja|
|Minister of Justice|
28 February 1990 â€“ 26 April 1991
|Prime Minister||Harri Holkeri|
|Preceded by||Matti Louekoski|
|Succeeded by||Hannele Pokka|
|Member of Finnish Parliament
24 March 1979 â€“ 29 February 2000
|Succeeded by||Ilkka Taipale|
|Born||Tarja Kaarina Halonen
24 December 1943
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Pentti ArajÃ¤rvi (m. 2000)|
|Alma mater||University of Helsinki|
Finland, and all the other European countries, we are too dependent on imported energy. We should be using a broader variety of energy resources.
It is people who are the objects of globalization and at the same time its subjects. What also follows logically from this is that globalization is not a law of nature, but rather a process set in train by people.
European citizens expect that there will be also a fair system inside the European Union and in the euro, and that's why we have to have quite hard discipline.
Under-representation of women and other inequality among researchers is a problem that will not solve itself as women acquire competence.
The Finland of the 21st century can thrive only if women of learning – in common with their male counterparts – are guaranteed the opportunity to use their creative potential to the full.
The goal of the EU is to form a region of freedom, security and justice. Freedom in this connection cannot be just the freedom of the strong, but it must be combined with fraternity and equality.