I am Hannakaisa Heikkinen, a Centre party MP in the Finnish Parliament (2007–2011 ja 2015-) and a dairy farmer. In the parliament, I am the vice-chair of the Social Affairs and Health Committee, a member of the Employment and Equality Committee, and a member in the council of Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland).
My educational background includes an undergraduate degree as a gerontological nurse and a Master’s degree in Health Sciences. Previously, I have worked in nursing homes around Finland, Sweden and Germany. When I was elected to the parliament for the first time in 2007, I worked as a Head Nurse in a nursing centre for the elderly in Kuopio, Finland.
Among issues close to my heart are health promotion, preventive services for the elderly and for families with children, and keeping the countryside vital. I aim to increase respect for Finnish food and food production.
I live with my husband and two children in our dairy farm in Kiuruvesi, Upper Savonia region in Eastern Finland. Livestock breeding is one of my main interests. In addition, I am a board member in the Finnish Ayrshire Breeders Society.