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Martti Ahtisaari

Former President of Finland
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Net worth 2018: $1.6 Million
Industry: Presidents
Residence: Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)
Country: Finnish
BirthDay: 23 June 1937
Sigh: Cancer
Education: University of Oulu

Martti Ahtisaari was bornon 23 June 1937 in Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia), Finnish, is Former President of Finland. Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician and former President of Finland. He also worked as a U.N. diplomat and mediator and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for bringing peace to many parts of this world through negotiations and dialogue. He was born in Finland, displaced from his birthplace during childhood by Russians soldiers, moved from one place to another and finally settled in Oulu with his mother. After graduation he joined the Government of Finland and was involved in bringing conflicting nations to the negotiating table in a several countries as a representative of Finland and the United Nations. Ultimately he became the President of Finland and brought back Finland from sheer economic destruction by joining the European Union. His childhood experiences taught him that mankind can live only when peace prevails everywhere and this is what he set out to do with quite a great degree of success. Along with his native tongue Finnish, he speaks English, German, French and Swedish. He contributed to the achievement of independence for Namibia and Kosovo, worked for the United Nations in many positions and held very important positions in many international organizations.


He travelled with Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson to South Sudan in July 2012 for peace process


He travelled to Korea with them in April 2011 to bring peace there


In 2009 he joined Jimmy Carter, Gro Harlem Brudtland and Mary Robinson of ‘The Elders’ group


From his office in Vienna he conducted negotiations for Kosovo’s independence from Serbia from early 2006


He was appointed by the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to administer Kosovo in November 2005


He was chairman of the ‘Interpeace Governing Council’ from 2000 to 2009 and has been a Special Advisor and Chairman Emeritus of the council since 2009


In 1999 he negotiated with Slobodan Milosevic and Viktor Chernomyrdin for peace in Kosovo


In 1993 he was chosen as a presidential candidate by the Social Democratic Party and won the election by a narrow margin over the Swedish People’s Party’s candidate Elisabeth Renn


After elections were held in free Namibia in 1989, he was made an honorary citizen of the country


He served as the UN Undersecretary of Administration from1987 to 1991


He represented Finland in Namibia from 1977 to 1981 as the ‘United Nations Commissioner for Namibia’


In 1968 Martti Ahtisaari married Eeva Irmeli Hyvarinen and had a son Marko Ahtisaari who became a famous producer and musician later


He joined the ‘Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland’ in 1965 as a member of the ‘Bureau for International Development Aid’ and became its assistant head later


In 1963 he returned to Finland and got involved with non-governmental organizations which provided aid to developing countries


He studied for two years from home and qualified as a primary school teacher in 1959


He moved with his family to Oulu in 1952, continued his high school education and graduated the same year


Martti Ahtisaari was born on June 23, 1937 in Viipuri, Finland, which is presently in Russia and known as Vyborg


His father, Oiva Ahtisaari (his grandfather Julius Marenius Adolfsen immigrated to Finland with his family from Tistedalen, Norway in 1872), became a Finnish Citizen in 1929 and changed his surname from Adolfsen to Ahtisaari

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