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Jaana Pelkonen (b. 27 January 1977 in Lahtimarker, Finlandmarker) is a Finnishmarker political science graduate and television hostess. She was elected to the Helsinki City Council in 2008 elections.

Career

Pelkonen's media career started as a radio presenter for Radio 99 in Lahtimarker in 1995–1997. She became famous in Finland as the host of the video gaming show Tilt in 1997–2005 and the youth program Jyrki in 1998. In 2001–2002 she hosted an entertainment travel show called FarOut. She has also hosted the Finnish qualifications of the Eurovision Song Contest for five years. On 12 May 2007 Pelkonen hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 together with Mikko Leppilampi.She also gave the Finnish votes in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 held in Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker, United Kingdommarker which was the second ever Dance Contest.

However, that is not all she does. She earned her Master’s Degree in Political Science from Helsinki University in 2007, and she is currently working as an assistant for the Finnish Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén.

Pelkonen was also a lot in the news, when she took part in the Finnish local elections in 2008. She was elected to Helsinki City Council by 3450 votes, which is the 15th highest number of votes in the whole country. She was also the highest ranking celebrity amongst the candidates for local councillors. She represents the National Coalition Party, Kokoomus.

Pelkonen grew up in Lahti in a working class family where everyone took care of each other and worked hard for a better life. She wanted to get into politics in order to get involved in the way her city and country are run.

Tolerance and respect for everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, background, disability, age, or sexual orientation, as well as respect for the environment are at the core of everything she does.

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