Jenni Elina Haukio was born in Pori on 7 April 1977. She was active in music and athletics at school. She attended a music class in comprehensive school, sang in a choir and studied the harmonica, completing a music school certificate. She was active in athletics for many years and also coached children and adolescents.
Jenni Haukio graduated from the University of Turku with a Master of Political Sciences degree in 2001. Her studies included general political science, international relations, political history and economics.
She is registered as a graduate student in political sciences at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests concern the Internet and politics, specifically the impact of IT on Finnish party politics. She has published a review and an article on election engines .
Jenni Haukio began her employment career as a research assistant at the Department of Political Science at the University of Turku. She then became a Public Relations Officer for the Shortsea Promotion Centre Finland at the Pori unit of the Centre for Maritime Studies of the University of Turku. She was a Parliamentary Assistant at Finland’s Parliament from 2003 to 2005 and Executive Director of the Satakunta National Coalition Party in Pori from 2005 to 2007. From August 2007 to January 2012, she was the Communications Manager of the National Coalition Party in Helsinki. Her employment history also includes teaching creative writing.
Jenni Haukio took up her present job as Programme Director of the Turku International Book Fair in February 2012.
She attended and completed the 190th National Defence Course organised by the National Defence University in 2009.
Jenni Haukio has published three collections of poetry, and some of her poems have been anthologised. In 1999, her début collection Paitasi on pujahtanut ylleni (Your shirt has slipped over me) won the national Runo-Kaarina competition. Her latest collection, Sinä kuulet sen soiton (You hear the music), was published by Savukeidas Kustannus in 2009. She is a founder member of the Kapustarinta writers’ association and the literary periodical Lumooja.
Jenni Haukio’s hobbies include literature, exercise, outdoor activities, photography, house plants, gardening and collecting Finnish industrial art. She is interested in preventing social exclusion among children and adolescents, in culture and in animal protection.
Jenni Haukio married Sauli Niinistö in 2009. Their family also includes Lennu, a Boston Terrier.