Erkki Tuomioja was elected to the Finnish parliament in 1970 and has been a member of the Nordic Council since that same year, with a break for the time he was a minister. This is the second time he is President of the Nordic Council, the first being in 2008.
Tuomioja has been a minister in several governments, including as foreign minister from 2000 to 2007 and 2011 to 2015, and minister for trade and industry from 1999 to 2000. He was also vice-chair of the social democratic parliamentary group from 1991 to 1996 and its chair from 1996 to 1999.
Tuomioja has a Ph.D. in political science and holds a lectureship in political history in the University of Helsinki. He has written 18 books.
In the Nordic Council, Tuomioja is a member of the Social Democrat Group and a long-standing member of the Presidium. He is also chair of the Finnish delegation to the Nordic Council.