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Marjo Timonen

Marjo Hannele Timonen
Born April 29, 1955, Kurikka

Bachelor of Arts 1983, Master of Arts 1984 (Finnish history, general history, political science, journalism), University of Helsinki

Director of information and communication 2007–, Parliament of Finland
Head of information 2003–07, Parliament of Finland
Special advisor 1994–95, Prime Minister’s Office
Head of communications 1993–2002, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
Head of communications 1988–93, Finnish Municipal Association
Head of communications 1986–87, Insaider Oy
Press officer 1985–86, University of Joensuu
Chairman 1980–81, National Union of University Students in Finland

Photo: Hanne Salonen
Written by Marjo Timonen (Kaija Hartikainen, ed.)
Translated by Matthew Billington

My Dream

My everyday dreams involve other people, culture, exercise, and the world in general. When I have free time, I spent it with my immediate family, relatives and friends. I listen to opera and classical music, watch movies and read novels. Swimming, skiing, Nordic walking, water aerobics, cycling and hiking are all part of my routine.

I still do what I can to help developing countries. The child I am sponsoring in Kenya is important to me, and I hope that his dream of becoming a teacher comes true. One amazing moment at work was when I was standing at an official ceremony in the reception hall of the Parliament House with my friend Nickey Iyambo, the Vice President of Namibia, who had studied in Finland.

My mental landscape consists of the plains of Ostrobothnia, high skies, grain fields and riverbanks. I also feel at home in the Alps of Central Europe, close to historical landmarks, amidst the bustle of New York, or on sandy beaches by blue waters.

Timonen’s work involves traveling abroad and around Finland. Photo by Hanne Salonen, the Parliament photo archive.
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