Tarja Halonen
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"Tarja Kaarina Halonen" is a Finns/Finnish politician who was the 11th President of Finland, serving from 2000 to 2012. She was the first List of elected and appointed female heads of state/female head of state in Finland and while she was in office, in 2003 and 2010-11, Finland also had female prime ministers (Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi). Halonen held two appointments as a minister and served as a Eduskunta/member of the parliament from 1979 to 2000 until her Finnish presidential election, 2000/election to the presidency. In addition to her political career, Halonen had a long and extensive career in trade unions and different non-governmental organizations. Her work for advancing human rights has been notable. She was, among other things, an early proponent of gay rights, chairing the main Finnish gay rights organization Seta (organization)/Seta in 1980-1981.

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