Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tanja Karpela

Tanja Tellervo Karpela (née Vienonen; previously Karpela and Saarela. born 22 August 1970) is a Finnish politician. She is a Member of Parliament and served in the government of Finland as Minister of Culture from 2003 to 2007. Karpela was born in Salo. As a beauty queen, she held the title of Miss Finland and represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant in 1991. Karpela was elected to parliament from the Electoral District of Uusimaa in 1999, representing the Centre Party. Prior to her election, she also became famous for her work as a underwear and lingerie model. She was appointed Minister of Culture in Prime Minister Anneli Jäätteenmäki's cabinet in 2003. After the resignation of Jäätteenmäki, Karpela went on to serve in the same post under Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen.
On 21 May 2006, Karpela married film director Olli Saarela, and took her new husband's surname. She filed for divorce from Olli Saarela in November 2007, and on 22 February 2008 she changed her name back to Karpela.
Karpela has two children from her previous marriage to Totti Karpela

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