Minister of Defence, 29 May 2015 to present

Biography of the Minister of Defence of Finland, Jussi Niinistö

Jussi Niinistö (born October 27, 1970 in Helsinki) is a military historian and politician. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Finnish Parliament and as of May 2015 Minister of Defence of Finland.

Before entering into politics, Niinistö made a distinguished career within the field of Finnish history as well as military history. He received his M.A. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1998, both of which from the University of Helsinki.

Niinistö, a docent of Finnish history at the University of Helsinki and a docent of military history at the Finnish National Defence University, has worked on various extensive history related research projects and published several books.

Jussi Niinistö is currently a member of the parliamentary group Blue Reform. He was a member of the Finns Party Parliamentary Group 2011-2017 and vice-chairman of the party 2013-2017. Prior to becoming Minister of Defence in 2015, the parliamentary career of Niinistö includes serving as chairman for the Defence Committee (2011–2015). Within local politics, he has been a member of the municipal council of Nurmijärvi between 2009 and 2015 and a member of Helsinki city council since 2017.

Jussi Niinistö is a reserve officer with the rank of Senior Lieutenant.


Date and Place of Birth:

27th October 1970, Helsinki, Finland


Doctor in Philosophy 1998 (University of Helsinki)

Archive management degree 1997 (National Archives)

Master of Arts 1994 (University of Helsinki)

Matriculated 1989  (Hämeenkylä Upper Secondary School, Vantaa)

Professional Career

General Secretary, The Finns Party Parliamentary Group (2005–2011)

Editor-in-Chief, Vapaussoturi magazine (2006–2011)

Group Secretary, The Finns Party Parliamentary Group (2004–2005)

Docent in Finnish Military History, National Defence University (2004–)

Docent in Finnish History, University of Helsinki (2004–)

Heritage Work Secretary, Heritage Foundation of Finnish Freedom War Invalids (2003–2011)

Researcher, National Archives (2003)

Executive Director, Association of Finnish Culture and Identity (1999–2000 and 2001)

Research assistant and history researcher in various projects (1995–2004)

Memberships in committees:  

Grand Committee (deputy member) 2015

Administration Committee (vice chair) 2015

Board of the Library of Parliament (Chair) 2011 - 2015

Speaker's Council (member) 2011 - 2015

Grand Committee (deputy member) 2011 - 2012

Defence Committee (Chair) 2011 - 2015

Foreign Affairs Committee (deputy member) 2012 - 2015

NATO Parliamentary Assembly (member) 2011 - 2015

Forum for International Affairs (member) 2011 - 2015

Parliamentary group:

The Blue Reform 2017 -

Position in the parliamentary group

The Finns Party Parliamentary Group (vice chair) 2011 - 2011

The Finns Party Parliamentary Group Working Committee (member) 2011 -

Member of the Government

Minister:     Minister of Defence (Sipilä) 29.05.2015 - 

Military rank:

Reserve Senior Lieutenant


Several books on Finnish history
Hundreds of articles, columns and book reviews on history and society in several publications

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