The Next President of the Whole Nation
I am a 36-year-old Member of Parliament, Chairman of the Left Alliance and Regional and City Councillor from Turku.
My Finnish foreign policy focuses on human rights, international law and sustainable development. As a NATO member, Finland must work closely with other Nordic countries particularly to defend human rights and international law. Finland must follow the line of Sweden, Denmark and Norway and not allow nuclear weapons on its own soil. Cooperation also makes us stronger amid changes in world politics.
Finland must pursue a foreign and security policy based on human rights. We must act as an active peace broker in the world.
The climate crisis is the greatest threat of our time to people, nature and security. I want to put the climate crisis at the heart of our foreign policy. We must do everything possible to prevent it from getting worse.
Mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects is the greatest challenge facing humanity, and we cannot fail. It must be considered in all Finland’s external relations, both in international trade relations and in development cooperation.
A fair climate and environmental policy will reduce conflicts, secure the food system and increase human well-being and equality.
The President is also always a leader of values. Hence he or she can highlight social problems grievances and challenges in the public debate. As President, I would focus on working with those whose voices are least heard in our society. Poverty, inequality, homelessness and youth abuse are a reality in Finland. We need to do more to tackle these problems.
I believe in equality and solidarity. We need them right now – that’s why I’m running for President of Finland.
Voting day for the presidential election is Sunday 28.1.2024.
Advance voting in your country from 17 to 23 January 2024. You can vote at any advance polling station.
Advance voting abroad from 17 to 20 January 2024.
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I am Li Andersson, 36 years, member of the Finnish parliament, chairperson of the Left Alliance and city councillor in Turku. I have a small daughter called Ava. I was born in Turku in 1987 and have lived here all my life.
I have been active on politics for more than a decade and I am still driven by three major goals: to end poverty, to make the world more equal and to solve the climate crisis.
In politics, I especially want to work for the welfare of children and youth, as well as our senior citizens. It is especially at the start and at the end of our lives that we are the most dependent on well functioning and high quality welfare services. Equally important is that we do more to tackle the climate crisis and to address the loss of biodiversity. We are running out of time, and we cannot afford to fail dealing with these global issues, that effect the lives and welfare of every human being and the whole of the planet.
Before my life in politics I worked several different jobs. I have for example sat behind the cashier in Moomin world, worked as a hotel receptionist, as a waitress and dishwasher, translator and sorting fruits on a farm in France. I have also been the Secretary General of the Finnish School Students Union FSS, the district secretary of the Left Youth in Southwest Finland and an intern at the human rights NGO Civil Rights Defenders.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in political science. I have studied International Law at the University Åbo Akademi, specializing in international human rights and refugee law. I have also studied Russian language and culture.
In my free time I try to read as many books as possible, as it is both the best way to relax and the best way to develop one’s thinking. I also enjoy slow mornings, winter swimming, live music and spending time with my friends. I am an incurable coffee addict.