Annika Saarikko (the Centre Party) returns to her post as minister of science and culture.

Annika Saarikko, member of Parliament, was appointed as minister of science and culture on Thursday, August 6. Saarikko served as minister of family affairs and social services in 2017-2019 and as minister of science and culture in 2019 before taking a leave of absence because of a new arrival in the family. Archive photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

On Thursday, August 6, President Sauli Niinistö appointed member of Parliament Annika Saarikko (the Centre Party), master of arts, bachelor of education, as a member of the government and minister of science and culture.

On the same occasion, President Niinistö released member of Parliament and entrepreneur Hanna Kosonen, master of arts, from her responsibilities as minister of science and culture and a member of the government.

Following the presidential session, the government plenary session made decisions on the changes to the ministerial portfolios, deputizing arrangements and the composition of ministerial working groups in which Saarikko will replace Kosonen.

The government also appointed Tuomo Puumala, master of social sciences, and Jari Partanen, master of laws, to continue in their duties as state secretaries. Partanen serves as state secretary for the Centre Party’s ministerial group.