On December 10 2019, Sanna Marin became Finlands third female Prime Minister at the age of 34 making her the youngest serving Prime Minister in the world.
Raised by a single mother who later entered a same-sex relationship, Marin was the first in her family to go to university. Born in Helsinki, Marin’s family were not well off and moved around a lot.
She graduated from the Pirkkala High School in 2004 at the age of 19 and then from the University of Tampere with a Master of Administrative Sciences in 2017.
Marin has had a passion for politics from a young age and joined the Social Democratic Youth in 2006 and served as its first Vice President from 2010 to 2012.
The left-leaning social democrat gained popularity as head of the Tampere City Council from 2013 until 2017 when YouTube videos of her serenely leading controversial and heated meetings went viral nationally.
She has been a member of the Parliament of Finland since 2015 and prior to her current appointment, she served as Finland’ Minister of Transport and Communications from 6 June 2019.
As Finland’s prime minister, Marin is heading up a government that is remarkably young and female. The other four parties in the government are led by women, three of whom are, like the prime minister, younger than 35. “I’m very proud that in Finland, age or gender doesn’t matter,” she said.
For those who have been critical of the young woman’s leading role Marin says, “There is no trick. I have been working a lot. I’ve been in politics for over 10 years. I’ve been committed to this and of course, I’ve been gaining trust from with my colleagues and with people in the election.”
Climate change, equality and social welfare are at the top of her agenda. In a post on Twitter, she wrote about her commitment to building a better society in Finland.
“Finland will not be finished in four years, but it can get better,” Marin wrote in the post. “That’s what we’re working on. I want to build a society where every child can become anything and every person can live and grow in dignity.”
Marin knows that her unconventional upbringing, age and gender makes her an exception in the world of politics and this is something she is hoping to change.Tags: Finland, Government and Politics, Politician, Women Empowerment