|A.K.A.||Paula Sinikka Risikko, Paula Sinikka Pelttari, Paula Pelttari|
|Birth||4 June 1960, Ylihärmä, Southern Ostrobothnia, Western and Central Finland Regional State Administrative Agency, Finland|
|Politics||National Coalition Party|
Paula Risikko (born June 4, 1960, Ylihärmä) is a Finnish politician and the incumbent Minister of the Interior. She is from Seinäjoki and represents the National Coalition Party. Risikko has previously served as the Minister of Social Services 2011–2014 and Minister of Transport and Local Government 2014–2015.
Paula Risikko is Doctor of Science (Health Care) in 1997 from the University of Tampere. Her dissertation was entitled “The current and future quality requirement in nursery”. Risikko has received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Vaasa. She is taking a break from her regular position as the Vice Rector of the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, because her involvement in politics. In 2007 parliamentary elections, Risikko received 9 266 votes.
Risikko has donated to numerous health care organizations such as the NGO’s addressing Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, the Finnish delegation to the Cancer Society, Diabetes Association, Finland MS Association, Arthritis Foundation and, for example, Alfred Korde’s Finland and UNIFEM- Organization.
Risikko has been married to her husband Heikki Tapani Risikko since 2000. In 2006 Paula and her husband adopted a Chinese daughter Aino Taika Huanzhen.