Finnish President Sauli Niinisto is scheduled to pay a state visit to China from Sunday to Wednesday at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Niinisto was born on Aug. 24, 1948. He has a master’s degree in law.

He was elected as a member of the Parliament of Finland in 1987 and served as chairman of the National Coalition Party, minister of justice, minister of finance, deputy prime minister, chairman of the European Democrat Union, chairman of the board of governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and vice chairman of the European Investment Bank.

Niinisto served as the speaker of the parliament from 2007 to 2011. He was elected president in 2012, and won re-election in 2018. Enditem

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