Ritva Viljanen, mayor

Ritva Viljanen assumed her responsibilities as mayor of the City of Vantaa in March 2018. As mayor, she is responsible for, among other things, the city’s administration; economy; regional, national and international cooperation; as well as directing and developing the planning of the city structure.

Before her mayor’s post Viljanen has held numerous tasks in public administration. Examples of her earlier positions include: senior adviser at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, deputy mayor of the City of Helsinki’s Education Department, chancellor at the Ministry of the Interior, director-general at the Population Register Center, as well as government counselor at the Ministry of the Interior.

Viljanen studied political science and law at Turku University. She graduated as master of social sciences in 1981 and as master of laws in 1987.

Viljanen's—who has lived in Vantaa for 36 years—vision for her hometown is a vital municipality with outstanding services, versatile businesses, and unique urban culture. Her goal is for Vantaa to be known for fair and responsible management. Viljanen deems herself to be cooperative, committed, enthusiastic about development, and an easy-to-approach director.

“In my opinion, a good director knows how to encounter people and look toward the future,” Viljanen summarizes.

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)