Hillary Clinton supports Finnish PM Sanna Marin

Women helping women
Keep dancing
Leaked video
'Nothing illegal'
Rumors of substance abuse
Work hard, play hard
Double standards
Under pressure
The end of Nordic neutrality
Your right to party
Who is Sanna Marin?
Not her first rodeo
Growing up in a rainbow family
University days
Balancing work and studies
The YouTube sensation from the city council
MP for Pirkanma
Rising red star
Cabinet member
Easy come, easy go
At the helm before turning 35
A young, female government
TIME magazine cover
Wedding bells for a government leader
It's not all bread and roses
The topless civil servant
The morning after
Examples of leadership
Women helping women

Women all over the world are showing solidarity toward Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, after a video of her dancing at a party caused controversy in her country.

Keep dancing

One of the most notable defenders of Marin has been former US State Secretary and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who tweeted “Keep dancing, @marinsanna” at the Finnish PM.

Leaked video

A video, shared by many news outlets such as The Telegraph, was leaked of the young PM engaging at a wild party with a group of Finnish celebrities.

Image: The Telegraph

'Nothing illegal'

According to the BBC, the PM emphatically declared she had done 'nothing illegal'.

Image: The Telegraph

Rumors of substance abuse

To calm down rumors of substance abuse, Marin subjected herself to a test and displayed the results during a press conference on August 19.

Work hard, play hard

The BBC reports that the young PM declared that she hopes people can understand the difference between her work life and her personal life.

Double standards

A few commentators have wondered if the reaction would have been the same if this was a male politician, such as Justin Trudeau or Emmanuel Macron.

Under pressure

After all, Marin has found herself under a lot of pressure for the past few months.

The end of Nordic neutrality

She, along with Swedish PM Magdalena Andersson, has decided to end the decades-long neutrality of both Nordic countries in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Your right to party

According to the BBC, the leak has generated debate on the young PM's responsibilities, while others have defended her right to enjoy her free time whatever way she prefers.

Who is Sanna Marin?

But who is exactly Sanna Marin, and why is her behavior attracting so much attention?

Not her first rodeo

What is true is that this is not her first party-related controversy. Last year, Marin faced backlash for going out clubbing after someone from her cabinet tested positive for Covid-19.

Growing up in a rainbow family

Sanna Marin was born in Helsinki in 1985. Her parents split up when she was young due to her father's problems with alcoholism. The Prime Minister was raised by her mother and her female partner, and Marin describes herself as coming from a "rainbow family."

University days

The future Prime Minister joined the youth wing of the Social Democratic Party when she was studying Administrative Science at the University of Tampere. She managed to become First Vice President of the Social Democratic Youth.

Balancing work and studies

Sanna Marin was also the first person in her family to receive higher education. While she was studying, she also worked as a cashier and in a bakery.

The YouTube sensation from the city council

The young politician quickly rose through the ranks of the Social Democrats. She was elected to the Tampere City Council in 2012 where, according to the BBC, Marin gained notoriety for YouTube videos of her heated debates with other council members.

MP for Pirkanma

When she was only 29, Marin was voted to Parliament for the Pirkanma constituency. The New York Times describes her as “left-leaning, even within her party, and climate change, equality and social welfare are at the top of her agenda”.

Rising red star

The former student of the University of Tampere quickly caught the attention of party leader Antti Rinne, forming part of his inner circle.

Cabinet member

When Rinne became Prime Minister in June 2019, there was little surprise that Marin was part of his cabinet, as Minister of Transport and Communications.

Easy come, easy go

However, things weren't easy for the Social Democrats. Rinne stepped down as Prime Minister six months after being sworn in after the Center Party left the government coalition due to his handling of a postal strike.

At the helm before turning 35

Sanna Marin was elected to replace her former mentor as Prime Minister on December 3, 2019. She was, at the time, the youngest head of government in the world with only 34 years.

A young, female government

The Finnish Prime Minister quickly drew the attention of the media as a sharp contrast to the older, male-dominated governments. Her 12 out of 19 members of her five-party cabinet are also women, and three of them are younger than Marin.

TIME magazine cover

The young politician was part of BBC's 100 Women list in 2020 and ranked 85th among The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, by Forbes. She was also on the March 2021 cover of TIME magazine to represent one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

Wedding bells for a government leader

Despite all the responsibilities and the media attention, Sanna Marin still finds time to have a personal life. On August 2020, the Finnish Prime Minister married her boyfriend Markus Räikkönen in a private ceremony. The couple have a daughter together.

It's not all bread and roses

However, not everything has been unanimous praise for the Finnish Prime Minister.

The topless civil servant

She came under fire in October 2020 for wearing nothing but a blazer on a photoshoot for Trendi Magazine. People from the opposition called the pictures “tasteless” and “demeaning”, according to The Evening Standard.

The morning after

The latest controversy for the young Prime Minister involves going out to a nightclub hours after one of her cabinet members tested positive for Covid-19. Marin claims she didn't read the texts until Sunday morning. The opposition has branded Marin as “irresponsible”.

Examples of leadership

Despite minor issues, the young Prime Minister is still seen as an example of leadership. Who knows, maybe in a few years people will be talking of Sanna Marin on the same level as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen or former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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