My name is Ida Schauman and I want to represent Turku. I describe myself as an open-minded social liberal feminist.
In April 2014 I was elected President of the Swedish Youth of Finland, the youth wing of the Swedish People’s Party of Finland (RKP) – an exciting and a demanding job. In November I was elected the Chairperson of RKP in Turku. Prior to becoming president of Swedish Youth, I’ve worked as an advisor to an MP, a communications consultant and as a manager in a restaurant.
As a child, my family moved around a lot and I have had the fortune to live in many different cities and countries. Through the years I have lived in Italy, Sweden and in the U.K. as well as in many different parts of Finland. Moving can be tough but it also made me more outgoing and unafraid. Changing scenery also gave me an interest in different cultures and languages.
Moving around also helped me get my first real job, as my fluent Italian gave me a job at the Italian restaurant Sergio’s in Turku. After Sergio’s I spent four years working in various restaurants: Rocca, Naantali Spa, Restaurant Koulu and Kasnäs Archipelago Spa.
I am a Bachelor of Political Science, I wrote my bachelor’s thesis as a comparative analysis of the attitudes toward immigration in Sweden and Finland. In order to fight xenophobia, one must first understand the rationale behind it.
I enjoy spending time with friends and meeting new people, as well as listening to classic rock and pushing the limits of my culinary skills. What I like the most is late night discussions with good friends on anything and everything. I use to have a horse and I miss riding dearly. As many others, I cannot function without my morning coffee.
I have been interested in the world around me for as long as I can remember. When I was five years old, my father told me that I cannot save the whole world. 21 years later, stubborn as I am, I am still determined to prove him wrong.