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Anni Sinnemäki

Anni Milja Maaria Sinnemäki
Born July 20, 1973, Helsinki

Bachelor of Arts 2001 (Russian literature and philosophy), University of Helsinki

Deputy Mayor (City planning and real estate) January 14, 2015–, City of Helsinki
Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Greens 2009–11
Member of parliament 1999–2015

Lyrics for the band Ultra Bra and the poetry collections Sokeana hetkenä (‘A moment of blindness’) and Aleksis Kiven katu (‘Alexis Kivi Street’)

Photo: Helsingin kaupunki
Written by Suvi Uotinen
Translated by Matthew Billington

A moment to pause

Anni Sinnemäki’s favourite place in Helsinki is the sea fortress Suomenlinna.

“It’s really close by but at the same time slightly distant.”

Next spring the neighbouring islands of Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari will be opened to the public.

“They are a bit like Suomenlinna’s wild little siblings. There you can find dense alder woods and everything is still a bit topsy-turvy.”

According to Ms Sinnemäki, the best thing in Helsinki is also its cafés, particularly Cafe Aalto in the Academic Bookstore and Cafe Engel on the edge of Senate Square.

I have been visiting them for a really long time. Right now, what with work and a small child, I don’t go so often, but for me they represent moments where I can stop and sit. You can be in your own world but still be surrounded by people and life”

Helsinki Market Square, where the ferries go to Suomenlinna, can be seen from Anne Sinnemäki’s office window. Ms Sinnemäki took the picture in the morning light of the Market Square on October 28.


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