Esko Aho

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Born20 May 1954)
Veteli, Finland
Alma materUniversity of Helsinki
SpouseKirsti Aho
Member ofCentre for European Reform, Club de Madrid, Trilateral Commission, US/Department/State/International Visitor Leadership Program, WEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/1993
PartyCentre Party of Finland
Attended the 1994 Bilderberg as Prime Minister of Finland

Employment.png Prime Minister of Finland

In office
26 April 1991 - 13 April 1995
Succeeded byPaavo Lipponen

Esko Tapani Aho is a Finnish politician who was prime minister of Finland from 1991 to 1995, where he despite internal party opposition was a key player in making the decision to apply for Finnish EU membership in 1992.

Aho was selected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1994, and attended leadership training programs in the United States. He was also a member of the Centre for European Reform and the Trilateral Commission, and attended the 1994 Bilderberg meeting.

In 2021, he was a signatory to an open letter from a number of deep state operatives, including 14 Bilderbergers, calling for the creation of infrastructure to rapidly jab everyone in the world.

Early life and career

Prior to attending university, he began a career in politics. From 1974 to 1979, he was chairman of the Finnish Centre Youth, many of whose previous chairmen had risen to high political positions. From 1979 to 1980, Aho was political secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1980 to 1983, he was a trade promoter for the municipality of Kannus.[1]

Aho studied at the University of Helsinki, receiving a Master of Social Science in 1981.[1]

Political career

Aho was first elected to the Finnish Parliament (eduskunta) in 1983. He became chairman of the Centre Party in 1990, a position that he held until 2002. The party was at the time one of three major political parties in Finland.[2]

At 36 years of age, he was the youngest prime minister in Finnish history.[3] Aho was the prime minister of a centre-right coalition government

He is best known for leading Finland into the European Union.[3] Aho's own party, most of whose voters lived and live in rural areas, was the most opposed to EU membership among major parties.

The Centre Party was a key player in making the decision to apply for Finnish EU membership in 1992. As the leading governing party, its support for the application was crucial. The party itself, both leadership and supporters, was far from united on the issue. In the Parliament, 22 out of 55 Centre MPs voted against the application. In June 1994, the party congress decided to support EU membership (by 1607 votes to 834), but only after the Prime Minister and Party Chair Esko Aho threatened to resign if the party were to oppose the membership.[4]

Aho's government also faced the deep economic depression of the early 1990s. Despite a steep rise in the national debt, the Aho government applied a stringent policy of austerity that made it unpopular, while giving zero-interest convertible loan to Finnish banks.[5] This partly caused its fall in the 1995 election and the Centre Party's eight-year period in the opposition.[6]

Esko Aho lost the bid for President of Finland to Tarja Halonen in 2000.

After politics

He subsequently retired from active politics, initially in the form of a "sabbatical leave" of one year, during which he led a study group on the EU in the 2000 fall semester at Harvard University (where he was a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics).[3]

In the 2003 election he left parliament and retired from daily politics. He then worked as the president of the Finnish national innovation fund SITRA (the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development).[7][8]

On 1 November 2008, Aho became Nokia's executive vice president of corporate relations and responsibility and became a member of its executive board.[9][10]


A Document by Esko Aho

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Uniting Behind A People’s Vaccine Against COVID-19open letter14 May 2020"COVID-19/Vaccine"A number of deep state operatives, including 14 Bilderbergers, calling for the creation of infrastructure to rapidly jab everyone in the world.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/19942 June 19945 June 1994Finland
The 42nd Bilderberg, in Helsinki.
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