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Martti Ahtisaari
Ahtisaari in Helsinki. (4 July 2007)
President of Finland
In office
1 March 1994 – 1 March 2000
Prime Minister Esko Aho
Paavo Lipponen
Preceded by Mauno Koivisto
Succeeded by Tarja Halonen
Personal details
Born 23 June 1937 (1937-06-23) (age 82)
Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Eeva Hyvärinen[1]
Children Marko Ahtisaari
Alma mater University of Oulu
Profession Teacher
Religion Lutheranism
This person won a Nobel Prize
Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (pronounced Loudspeaker.png [ˈmɑrt:i ˈoivɑ ˈkɑleʋi ˈɑhtisɑ:ri] (info • help)) (born 23 June 1937) is a Finnish politician, former President of Finland (1994–2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.

Ahtisaari was a UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations. These negotiations were aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. In October 2008, Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".[2] The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.[3]