Modern, cultivated values include the ability to tolerate, accept and understand other people and cultures
-Paavo Lipponen, Image magazine 04/2008
Paavo Lipponen is a Finnish politician, statesman, husband, and father. In addition to being one of the most significant leaders of the Finnish Social Democratic Party, Lipponen’s term as Prime Minister has been the longest continuous period throughout the history of Finland. Now Paavo Lipponen is running for office in Finland’s presidential elections in 2012.
Throughout his career, Lipponen has emphasised internationality, democracy and equality. As early as in the 1960s, the future Prime Minister raised public interest by being one of the first to speak about a new, more democratic and open strategy in foreign policy that would also reach to encompass matters of developing countries.
Lipponen’s most significant impact on the Finnish and international politics was during his eight-year-long reign as Finland’s Prime Minister from 1995 to 2003. He steered Finland out of a severe economic depression and into membership with the European Union and the European Monetary Union. During his second term as Prime Minister Finland successfully chaired the European Union, and took part in creating the initiative to expand the Union. In addition to international openness, regional development has always played a central role in Lipponen’s political activity. It was while Finland was chairing the EU, that Lipponen proposed a policy of Northern Dimension, which has had an especially significant impact on improving the Baltic Sea.
Due to his long active career in international politics, Lipponen has established direct and open relations with leaders around the world, from Nordic and European partners to Russia and the US.
Today, Paavo Lipponen’s vision of an internationally active Finland is more important than ever. Join us to support Paavo Lipponen on his mission to lead Finland towards an open, tolerant and international future.