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Eija-Riitta Korhola

Eija-Riitta Korhola in 2009.

Eija-Riitta Korhola (née Nieminen, born on 15 June 1959 in Lahti) is a Finnish politician and former Member of the European Parliament. She served three terms, first with the Finnish Christian Democrats between 1999–2003 and then with the National Coalition Party from 2004 to 2014, being part of the European People's Party the whole time. During her MEP years, Korhola served on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She was also a member of the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, and acted as a deputy both in the Committee on Budgetary Control and in the Committee on Foreign Affairs.


Korhola has studied in and graduated from the University of Helsinki with the following degrees:


  • 1993–1996: Development educator, Finn Church Aid
  • 1994–1998: Assistant, radio editorial office
  • 1996–1999: Journalist and educator on the radio and television and in the press
  • 1997: Publicist (Helsinki Festival)
  • 1999–2014: Member of the European Parliament
  • 2003: Party secretary of the Finnish Christian Democrats
  • 2006–2010: Vice chairwoman of the Finnish National Coalition Party
  • Since 2002: Chairwoman of the First Step Forum (human rights organization)

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