Helsinki mayor Jan Vapaavuori says he is leaving politics Vapaavuori has long been a major figure in the Conservative National Coalition Party, serving two terms as government minister

“I will not be a candidate in the municipal elections next spring,” he told the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper in an article published on Sunday morning

Vapaavuori, 55, told the newspaper he spent two-thirds of his career in social roles, so he could spend the last third doing something different Vapaavuori said he would quit however politics and would not prepare for any type of election

The mayor said working in the private sector was the most likely alternative, but he was also interested in international responsibilities or entrepreneurship

After losing his candidacy for the NCP presidency in 2015, Vapaavuori spent two years as vice president of the European Investment Bank This followed almost three years as Minister of Economic Affairs and four years as Minister of Housing, from 2007

In 2017, Vapaavuori was appointed mayor of Helsinki after his party won the most city council seats in the municipal elections It won almost 30,000 votes, the highest number of candidates in the country in these elections

Vapaavuori was an MP from 2003 to 2015 and a member of the Helsinki City Council since 1997

As mayor, Vapaavuori supported controversial proposals such as a tunnel from Sörnäinen to the west port and a local branch of the Guggenheim art museum.As Minister of Economic Affairs, Vapaavuori also sparked controversy over his role regarding a license for the Fennovoima nuclear power plant project

On Sunday he wrote on Twitter: “Each of us has only one life I firmly believe this life is richer if a variety of things can be done Until next spring I will stay fully engaged behind the wheel in Helsinki After that I’ll do something else What? I really don’t know yet “

On Saturday night, Vapaavuori joined most other Finnish politicians in congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

Writing in English, he called it a “victory for democracy, reason and hope!” adding in a Finnish tweet: “Only 73 days before the United States joins the Paris agreement on the climate There is now more hope in the world in other ways too “

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