Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin went viral last year when a video of her dancing in a party went viral on social media.
Sanna Marin holds the record as the youngest Finnish PM in the nation’s history.
The former prime minister of Finland who went viral last year in a raunchy dance video sparked criticism when she abruptly announced she is leaving politics for a role at a London-based nonprofit.
“Time to move on,” Former Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced last week. “I am eager to step into a new role. I also believe that it can benefit the whole of Finland. I believe that I can serve those voters (in Finland) well and maybe even better in the new assignment.”
Marin, a member of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, served as prime minister from 2019 until June of this year, after she lost her re-election bid. She led Finland through the coronavirus pandemic, helped craft policy when Russia first invaded Ukraine last year, and she holds the record as the youngest Finnish PM in the nation’s history, taking office at 34.
Months following her April election loss, Marin announced she was stepping down as a member of Parliament to serve as a strategic adviser on political leaders’ reform programs at former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair’s nonprofit, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
Earlier last year, The Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, was facing a backlash after being seen partying in a leaked video.
In the footage, thought to be taken from social media, she and friends including Finnish celebrities are seen dancing and singing. Watch the video, below:
She has faced criticism from opposition parties, with one leader demanding she take a drug test.
Ms Marin, 36, denied taking drugs, saying she only drank alcohol and just partied “in a boisterous way”.
Formerly the world’s youngest head of government – a title now held by Chilean President Gabriel Boric – Ms Marin makes no secret of partying, and has often been photographed at music festivals.
Earlier than Last year she apologised for going clubbing after coming into close contact with a Covid-19 case.
Just last week, Ms Marin was dubbed the “coolest prime minister in the world” by German news outlet Bild.
Commenting on the video, she said she knew she was being filmed but was upset that the video had become public.
“I danced, sang, and partied – perfectly legal things. And I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve seen or known of others [using drugs],” she added.
Who is Sanna Marin?
- In 2019, aged 34, Sanna Marin became the world’s youngest prime minister after she was chosen by her party to succeed former leader Antti Rinne
- She comes from a modest background. Her parents split up when she was young, and in her early years her mother raised her alone
- In 2015, she spoke about the stigma she encountered when her mother was in a same-sex relationship
- After studying at the University of Tampere and serving in local government, she was elected to Finland’s parliament in 2015, aged 29