Sirkka Hämäläinen - Wikipedia

Sirkka Hämäläinen
Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank
In office
1 June 1998 – 31 May 2003
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byGertrude Tumpel-Gugerell
Governor of the Bank of Finland
In office
5 April 1992 – 31 May 1998
Preceded byRolf Kullberg
Succeeded byMatti Vanhala
Personal details
Born (1939-05-08) 8 May 1939 (age 84)
Riihimäki, Finland
EducationHelsinki School of Economics
Turku School of Economics

Sirkka Aune-Marjatta Hämäläinen (born 8 May 1939 in Riihimäki) is a Finnish economist who served as a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank from 1998 to 2003. She previously served as the Governor of the Bank of Finland from 1992 to 1998. Hämäläinen was the first woman to hold either post.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hämäläinen was born on 8 May 1939, in Riihimäki. Her parents were Martti Oskari Hinkkala, a farmer, and Impi Aune Nikander, a household economics teacher. She graduated from the Karkkila Co-educational School in 1957 and following it attended Helsinki School of Economics[2] from which she obtained her B.S.[3] and M.Sc. in economics in 1961 and 1964 respectively. She continued her studies at the same alma mater and got her Licentiate and Doctorate in 1979 and 1981 respectively.[2]


Sirkka Hämäläinen began her career in 1961 as a research assistant at the Bank of Finland Institute for Economic Research. She was then promoted to Economist and served as such until 1972 when she became Head of the Department of National Economy. From 1981 to 1982 Hämäläinen was Head of the Department at the Ministry of Finance and from 1982 to 1991 served as a Director at the Bank of Finland. In 1992 she was appointed Governor of the central bank, and was the first woman to hold that post.[4] Hämäläinen resigned from the Bank of Finland when appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, also the first female in the,[5] which she kept from 1998 to 2003.[2]

In October 2000 Hämäläinen spoke at the Institute of International and European Affairs.[3]

Board member[edit]

From 1986 to 1992 Hämäläinen served on Supervisory Board of the Huhtamaki and from 1987 to 1990 she was a member of the Executive Board at the Finnish Cultural Foundation's Supporting Society. Hämäläinen was then promoted to Board of Directors and then to its Supervisory Board at which she served until 1992 and 2005 respectively. She also served at the Board of Business Education Fund in 1989 and was a Chairman of the Board of the Consumer Research Center from 1990 to 1996.[2]

Hämäläinen had also served on many Delegation Boards. In 1994 she served as a Delegation Member of the Savonlinna Opera Festival while being a Chairman of the Risto Ryti Delegation. A year later, she served on Delegation Boards of Valamo Foundation and Stiftelsen Åbo Akademie and from 1995 to 2006 she was a member of the Trilateral Commission. Between 1997 and 2000 she served as Chairman and then as a Director of the Raging Roses Association.[2]

In 2004 Sirkka Hämäläinen joined Board Professionals Association and the same year was promoted to its board of directors.[2]

While serving to various corporate organizations, Hämäläinen was a Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra from 2004 to 2008 and until 2009 she served on the Helsinki School of Economics Advisory Board.[2]

Sirkka Hämäläinen returned to her alma mater and served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture from 2012 to 2014.[2]

Personal life[edit]

From 1961 to 1995, Sirkka Hämäläinen was married to Lieutenant Colonel Arvo Alpo Ossian. Together they had two children, Salla Johanna (born 1964) and Jonni Tero (born 1969). In 1999 she married Bo Erik Johan Lindfors.[2]



  • Flitner, Bettina: Frauen mit Visionen – 48 Europäerinnen (Women with visions – 48 Europeans). With texts by Alice Schwarzer. Munich: Knesebeck, 2004. ISBN 3-89660-211-X, p. 104–107.


  1. ^ Who's Who in Finland 2009, Otava 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sirkka Hämäläinen - Euroopan keskuspankin jäsen, Suomen Pankin pääjohtaja" (in Finnish). Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Sirkka Hamalainen". Irish Times. 20 October 2000. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Finland's Iron Lady". June 3, 1998. Retrieved January 15, 2001.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "The Finnish woman's success story - an idyll of equality?". Eagle Street. Finnish Institute in London (13). October 1999.
  6. ^ a b c "Taka-Hikiältä Frankfurtiin" [From Rear Sweat to Frankfurt] (in Finnish). 30 May 2003. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-08-29. Retrieved 2019-08-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Excma. Sra. Dra. Dña. Sirkka Hämäläinen-Lindfors". Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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Government offices
Preceded by Governor of the Bank of Finland
Succeeded by
New office Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank
Succeeded by