- Currently vice chairperson of the Finland Parliamentary Committe on Foreign Affairs
- Minister for Foreign Affairs June 2011 to May 2015
- Member of the Parliament, Social Democratic Party 1970-79 and from 1991- present.
- Minister for Foreign Affairs February 2000 - April 2007
- Vice-Chairman of the SDP Parliamentary Group 1991-96, Chairman 1996-99.
- Erkki Tuomioja worked as a journalist before being elected to parliament. He was Deputy Mayor in Helsinki 1979-91.
- He has a Ph.D. in political science, B.Sc. in economics and holds a lectureship in political history in the University of Helsinki.
- Erkki Tuomioja is author of 18 books, including Europe and the Nordic Fringe written in English and published in 1991.