Saara Hyrkkö

Member of Parliament and Espoo City Council, Candidate in County Elections in West Uusimaa (381)

This election is about life, health and equality. The election day is Sunday 23 January 2020. The advance voting period in Finland is 12–18 January 2022. I’m running for County Council because I want to keep fighting for mental health, the well-being of children and young people, support for families, equality and better digital services.

I’ve been working with this topics in Espoo as chair of the Social and Health Services Committee for quite some time. It feels important to continue the work as the services are being transferred from cities to counties, in this case to the Well-being Services County of West Uusimaa. I believe my experience will be useful as we set up the new county.

We don’t know for sure, which questions the new decision-makers will face in the coming years. That’s why we need people who base their decisions on facts, look for smarter ways to do things, dare to embrace new solutions and have a heart in place. I hope I can earn your trust.

The wellbeing services county of West Uusimaa, consists of the following municipalities: Espoo, Hanko, Inkoo, Karkkila, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi, Lohja, Raasepori, Siuntio, and Vihti.

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Read more: My answers in Yles Election Compass in English

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I am Saara Hyrkkö, a 34-year-old Member of Parliament, Member of Espoo City Council and Chair of the Social and Health Services Committee in Espoo. I’m Master of Science (Tech.) from Aalto University and currently living in Tapiola with my spouse and our one-year-old.

I am an analytical optimist and a resolute feminist working relentlessly for a better world. I am in politics to defend education, gender equality, mental health and the environment. My core values are equality, justice, freedom, humanity and openness.

Ability to solve problems. Willingness to learn. Courage to make tough decisions. Desire to find common ground. Guts to take action according to one’s values. I believe these traits should be demanded of all decision-makers. As a Member of Parliament, I try to act according to these principles.

In 2020 I was elected for my third term in Espoo City Council. This allowed me to continue my work on education, mental health, climate, nature, equality, supporting families and participation of children. The two most important questions in the following term are these: How to make sure our city and all its residents recover after the pandemic? And do we work hard enough to fight climate change and to build a society that works within the limits of our environmental capacity?

Read more: My answers in Yle’s Municipal Election Compass in English

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My work in the Parliament

In the Parliament I work as the vice chair of the Green parliamentary Group. I am a member of Foreign Affairs Committee and Legal Affairs Committee and a deputy member of Education and Culture Committee as well as Finance Committee. I am also the Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual Rights and Development and a member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE

As a Member of Parliament, I do everything I can to ensure access to good education for everyone. We should hold on to tuition free education and good teachers. Let’s make sure that everyone gets second degree education after elementary school and let’s invest in research and continuous learning. Let’s restore each child’s right to early childhood education and guarantee small group sizes.

WELLBEING FOR EVERYONE

As a Member of Parliament, I do everything I can to improve mental health services and care for everyone. We must make it easier to seek help. Everyone in need should get support and care without unnecessary struggles. Let’s strengthen our basic services, fight social exclusion and renew our social security system with basic income. Let’s cherish and strengthen our Nordic welfare model.

EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE

As a Member of the Parliament, I do everything I can to renew family leaves and make equality a reality. We must relentlessly defend equality and human rights. Feminism is needed in maternity clinics, kindergartens, the army, custody disputes as well as at any workplace.

FUTURE FOR EVERYONE

As a Member of the Parliament, I do everything I can to stop climate change and protect the nature. Global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees and the extinction wave of species must be stopped to keep our planet viable for future generations. Let’s quit coal, build tracks and protect the forests, swamps and the Baltic Sea.