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 member of the Supervisory Board of the Smart & Clean Foundation. She is member of the Finnish High Court of Impeachment.

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 38 years, Mayor Viljanen’s vision of her home city is that Vantaa will be a vital city with excellent services, wide-ranging business activities and truly original city culture. She wants Vantaa to be well-known for its fair and responsible management.

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)