Veltto Virtanen

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Veltto Virtanen
Veltto Virtanen 2010.jpg
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Pirkanmaa
In office
21 March 2007 – 21 April 2015
Member of the Finnish Parliament
for Northern Tavastia
In office
24 March 1995 – 23 March 1999
Personal details
Born (1951-05-18) 18 May 1951 (age 68)
Finland Hämeenlinna, Finland
Political partyThe Finns Party (uncommitted, 2007-)
Ecological Party 1995-1999

Pertti Olavi "Veltto" Virtanen (born 18 May 1951 in Hämeenlinna) is a rock personality, former presidential candidate, and former member of the Finnish Parliament[1] from Tampere, Finland.

In music he performed both as a solo artist and in the bands Virtanen (with Moog Konttinen), Välikausitakki and Sammas. Elektroninen xstaasi is considered the most famous of Veltto Virtanen's songs. Välikausitakki was notable for including also Mikko Alatalo, Harri Rinne and later also Juice Leskinen.

After running as an avowed spoiler in the 1994 presidential election, his surprisingly respectable popular vote spurred him to run in the 1995 election for the house of representatives as an essentially independent candidate, and indeed managed to get in, his terms in the Parliament were characteristically quixotic; the speeches he made being exercises in near-shamanistic eloqution, and counter to parliamentary protocol refusing to bare his head, sporting various headgear, but being most famous for his "artistic" beret. Although mostly a picturesque spice to the daily routines of the institution, he enjoyed considerable respect from many colleagues in the house.

The negligible party KiPu which tactically allied themselves to Veltto, never gained a member of its own, with or without his help; and thus he formed a one-man party-group in the house. Outside critics of the phenomenon of his political success wrote a muckraking book Huijari - Veltto Virtanen & Kirjava Puolue (publisher: Veitikka Kustannus 1999).

He continued in elective politics by running in the 1999 and 2003 parliamentary elections with prodigious electoral votes, but failing to enter the house due to the punitive nature for minor parties of the Finnish D'Hondt method of voting.

Virtanen became again a member of Parliament in parliamentary elections of 2007, this time representing the True Finns party, he served two terms but did not run as candidate anymore in the parliamentary elections of 2015

Virtanen was elected to Tampere city council in 2000 with 2038 votes.[2]

Besides his musical and political career, he has also worked as a motivational speaker, most notably for some winter sports teams. On May Day 2011 the newly elected member of the parliament delivered a somewhat controversial political Mayday speech, where he stated that if the Swedish People's Party were to become part of the next cabinet with the True Finns, he would resign from the party and vomit for five days.[3]

List of albums[edit]

  • Virtanen: Hal-00 (1974)
  • Virtanen: Uusi jääkausi uhkaa (1975)
  • Kusessa (1976)
  • Ronkpukki (1978)
  • Välikausitakki: Välikausitakki (1978)
  • Tässä seison (1978)
  • Beibi (1982)
  • Virtanen: Klassikot - Ne surkeimmat (1990)
  • Sammas: Sampo-Passio (1990)


  1. ^ "Veltto Virtanen kiistää rasismin: Olen itsekin kuin musta mies". MTV3 (in Finnish). 9 March 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Kunnallisvaalit 2000, valitut ehdokkaat" (in Finnish). Tilastokeskus. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  3. ^ Jalkanen, Timo-Olavi (2011-05-01). "Veltto Virtanen: "Ei RKP:n kanssa hallitukseen tai eroan ja oksennan viisi päivää"" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. Retrieved 2017-03-13.

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