Paavo Väyrynen

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Paavo Väyrynen in 2017.

Paavo Matti Väyrynen (born 2 September 1946) is a Finnish veteran politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament, representing the Seven Star Movement and formerly the Citizens' Party and Centre Party. Väyrynen has been a member of the Finnish Parliament previously from 1970 to 1995 and again from 2007 to 2011 and has held many ministerial portfolios. He has also been a Member of the European Parliament from 1995 to 2007, and again from 2014 to 2018.

Väyrynen has been the Centre Party candidate for Finnish president three times – finishing second in 1988, third in 1994 and third in 2012. In 2018 he ran as an independent candidate finishing fourth.

Väyrynen is known for his egoistic statements.


  • I'm God's choice to lead the people of Finland.
  • I can't remember the last time I was wrong.
  • Can you die of being pissed off?
    • After Väyrynen and the Center Party had lost the Finland's parliamentary election 1987.
  • I lost because of the "mediagame".
    • After Väyrynen lost the Presidential elections in 1994.
  • Everyone has their own strengths. It just happens to be that in me, all these strengths are combined.
    • Center Party's leader's election 2010
  • Well, there must be the man in the house - and a mistress, too.
    • Presidential Election Campaign 2012
  • They call me old, but I'm only 65-years old young man.
    • Presidential Election Campaign 2012
  • I can not avoid my responsibility.
    • Presidential Election Campaign 2012
  • I'm younger than Donald Trump.
    • Presidential Election Campaign 2018
  • Three reasons why young people don't have to worry about their future: education, politics and me.
    • Presidential Election Campaign 2012
  • I'm in opposition against to both the government and the opposition.
    • When he returned to Parliament 2018 and left from the Center Party.
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