Timo Soini

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Soini with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

He has frequently visited the United States and received invitations to several establishment meetings, such as National Prayer Breakfast hosted by President Barack Obama. [25] [26] [27] He has also commented on European affairs in the American conservative media, for example on Fox News. [28] [29] In Finland Soini has also been seen hosting senior American politicians, such as the conservative former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in April 2014. [30]


Climate change

In January 2011, Soini called for Finland to quit all international climate change agreements. According to him, emission trading is a major financial crime in Europe. The European Union Emission Trading Scheme was introduced in 2005. Soini wanted to cancel all recent additions to the energy and environmental taxes. He used the expression: "Green taxes are like shooting yourself in the foot". Soini was criticised for acting as a brake on climate change solutions by MP Oras Tynkkynen, a Green focusing on climate policy, and for calling Finland the North Korea of climate policy by MP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, a Social Democrat. [31]

According to Soini, he worked on the party's climate policy program for one and a half years. The published program was copied almost word by word from a year old document of the Metal Union written by Matti Putkonen, a former Metal Union employee now working for the Finns Party. [32]


Soini is a practising Catholic. His views on religious and moral issues include opposition to abortion, homosexuality and the ordination of women as priests. [33] Soini converted to Roman Catholicism from Lutheranism in 1988. [34] Catholicism is a religious minority in Finland, with only about 0.3% of residents identifying as Catholic.


Timo Soini in 2018 Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini Signs Secretary Pompeo's Guestbook (44997597875).jpg
Timo Soini in 2018

In May 2018, Soini, as a Catholic, criticized the Irish abortion referendum, despite the Sipilä Cabinet and the official position of the Finnish government to support abortion rights. [35]

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Timo Soini
Timo Soini 2015.JPG
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
29 May 2015 6 June 2019
Party political offices
Preceded by Leader of the Finns Party
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Deputy Prime Minister of Finland
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by