Jan Vapaavuori is the Mayor of Helsinki (7 June 2017 -). He has had an extensive career in Finnish politics, serving as a Government Minister for seven years.
Helsinki has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Under the leadership of Mayor Vapaavuori, a new comprehensive strategy was prepared, defining as the vision of Helsinki to be the most functional city in the world with strong international partnerships. Helsinki is big and small at the same time: big enough to create systemic change that can be scaled up anywhere else in the world, and small enough to put innovation in actual practice.
Mr Vapaavuori has served as Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Housing and Minister of Nordic Cooperation. From 2003 to 2015, Mr Vapaavuori was a Member of Parliament. During the term as MP, he served among other things as chair of the Party's Parliamentary Group. Prior to his current position, he worked as Vice President of the European Investment Bank. Between 1997 and 2015, Jan Vapaavuori was a Member of the Helsinki City Council, holding numerous municipal positions of trust, such as the chairmanship of the City Board.
Jan Vapaavuori graduated as Master of Law from the University of Helsinki, and has carried out postgraduate studies in Helsinki, Uppsala and The Hague. He represents the National Coalition Party.