Ritva Viljanen, mayor

Ritva Viljanen has served as the Mayor of the City of Vantaa since March 2018.

Before her mayorship, she has held several positions in public administration. She has worked as the Deputy Mayor of Education at the City of Helsinki, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of Finance, Legislative Counselor at the Ministry of Justice, Ministerial Counselor at the Ministry of the Interior, the Director-General of the Population Register Centre, and as a Senior Advisor at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

Mayor Viljanen is also involved in many committees, boards of directors, and foundations. She is currently, e.g., the Chair of the University Board at the University of Turku, and a Vice-President of the Executive Committee of Airport Regions Council. She is also a member in the working group of the Ministry of Finance focusing on future municipal policy measures, and in the Metropolitan Area politics cooperation group of the Finnish Government. In addition, she is a member of the Finnish High Court of Impeachment.

Mayor Viljanen has received many awards and acknowledgements, including the International Women’s Forum’s Women Who Make a Difference Award in 2021, and being selected as the Influential Person in Central Government of the Year both in 2011 and 2006, and as the Developer of the Administration in 1995.

As for her educational background, Mayor Viljanen is Master of Social Sciences (1981) and Master of Laws (1987). She has studied both her degrees at the University of Turku.

Having lived in Vantaa for 39 years, Mayor Viljanen’s vision of her home city is that Vantaa is a vital city with excellent services, wide-ranging business activities and truly original city culture.

Follow Viljanen on social media

Viljanen shares her thoughts on work and life in Vantaa on social media. You can follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.
At the very beginning of her position as the mayor of Vantaa, Viljanen participated in a playful picture-explanation game with places, events and atmospheres in Vantaa. Watch the video on Vantaa channel. (in Finnish)