Sanna Marin

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Sanna Marin
Marin lapsen oikeuksien juhla
Marin in 2022
46th Prime Minister of Finland
Assumed office
10 December 2019
PresidentSauli Niinistö
DeputyKatri Kulmuni
Matti Vanhanen
Annika Saarikko
Preceded byAntti Rinne
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Assumed office
23 August 2020
Preceded byAntti Rinne
Minister of Transport and Communications
In office
6 June 2019 – 10 December 2019
Prime MinisterAntti Rinne
Preceded byAnu Vehviläinen
Succeeded byTimo Harakka
Member of the Finnish Parliament
Assumed office
22 April 2015
Personal details
Sanna Mirella Marin

(1985-11-16) 16 November 1985 (age 36)[1][2]
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic
Markus Räikkönen
(m. 2020)
Alma materUniversity of Tampere

Sanna Mirella Marin (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑnːɑ ˈmirelːɑ ˈmɑriːn];[3] born 16 November 1985) is a Finnish politician who has been serving as the prime minister of Finland since 2019. A member of the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP), she has been a Member of Parliament since 2015. Following Antti Rinne's resignation in the wake of the postal strike controversy, Marin was selected as prime minister on 8 December 2019. Taking office at age 34, she is the youngest person to hold the office in Finnish history,[4][5] as well as the world's third-youngest state leader after Dritan Abazović of Montenegro and Gabriel Boric of Chile.

Early life and education[edit]

Sanna Mirella Marin was born on 16 November 1985 in Helsinki.[6][2] She also lived in Espoo and Pirkkala before moving to Tampere.[6][better source needed] Her parents separated when she was very young; the family faced financial problems and Marin's father, Lauri Marin,[7] struggled with alcoholism. After her biological parents separated, Marin was brought up by her mother and her mother's female partner.[8][9][10]

Marin graduated from the Pirkkala High School in 2004 at the age of 19.[11] Marin joined the Social Democratic Youth in 2006 and was its first vice president from 2010 to 2012.[12][6] She worked in a bakery and as a cashier while studying,[13] graduating with a bachelor's and master's degree in Administrative Science from the University of Tampere.[9][13]

Early political career[edit]

Marin's political career was described by the BBC as "beginning at the age of 20",[8] in the years following her high school graduation and beginning her affiliation with the Social Democratic Youth.[8][12] She initially unsuccessfully ran for election to the City Council of Tampere, but was elected in the 2012 elections.[8][6][14][15] She became chairman of the City Council within months, serving from 2013 to 2017.[9] In 2017, she was re-elected to the City Council.[16] She first gained prominence after video clips of her chairing contentious meetings were shared on YouTube.[13]

Marin was elected second deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2014.[17][9] In 2015, she was elected to the Finnish Parliament as an MP from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa.[18] Four years later, she was re-elected.[19] On 6 June 2019, she became the Minister of Transport and Communications.[17][20][13]

On 23 August 2020, Marin was elected chair of the SDP, succeeding Antti Rinne.[21]

Prime Minister of Finland[edit]

Sanna Marin
Premiership of Sanna Marin
10 December 2019 – present
Sanna Marin
CabinetMarin Cabinet
PartySocial Democratic
Appointed bySauli Niinistö

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Seal of the Prime Minister
Official website

In December 2019, Marin was nominated by the Social Democratic Party to succeed Antti Rinne as the Prime Minister of Finland,[22][23] but Rinne formally remained party leader until June 2020.[24][25] In a narrow vote, Marin prevailed over Antti Lindtman. A majority of the ministers in her five-party cabinet are women, numbering 12 out of 19 at the time of the cabinet's formation.[26][27] She is the third female head of government in Finland, after Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi.[14][28][25]

Upon her confirmation by Parliament at the age of 34, she became Finland's youngest-ever prime minister, and was the youngest serving state leader until Sebastian Kurz regained that description in January 2020.[23][29][30][31]

During the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Marin's cabinet invoked a state of emergency in Finland to alleviate the epidemic.[32] When Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven could not attend a European Council meeting in October 2020 because of his mother's funeral, Marin stepped in to represent Sweden.[33] In return, Marin asked Löfven to represent Finland at a Council meeting later that month.[34]

Foreign policy[edit]

In a new year address at the start of 2022, Marin stated that Finland had the right to join NATO if it wanted to, and should consider this option. This action caused a negative reaction from the Russian media, with some outlets reporting that "Moscow was stabbed in the back".[35][36] In February, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Marin commented on Finland's potential membership, noting, "It is also now clear that the debate on NATO membership in Finland will change", while noting that a Finnish application to NATO would require widespread political and public support.[37]

On 24 February 2022, the Russian president Putin ordered the Russian Armed Forces to begin an invasion of Ukraine. On 25 February, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson threatened Finland and Sweden with "military and political consequences" if they attempted to join NATO, which neither were actively seeking. Both countries had attended an emergency NATO summit as members of NATO's Partnership for Peace and both had condemned the invasion and had provided assistance to Ukraine.[38]

On 4 March 2022, the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö visited Washington, D.C. to meet with President Joe Biden and number of other U.S. politicians and security personnel. In a press conference with Finnish media, Niinistö told that in the meeting the presidents discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on European and Finnish security. Furthermore they agreed on deepening Finnish-US security co-operation and bilateral relations.[39] On 12 May 2022, ten weeks after the beginning of the invasion, President Niinistö and Prime Minister Marin in a joint statement said that "Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay" as such membership "would strengthen Finland's security".[40]

On 15 May, Niinistö and Marin announced that Finland will apply for NATO membership, and on 17 May the Finnish parliament approved the proposal 188-8.[41] On 26 May, she went to Kyiv at the invitation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal,[42] where she met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and visited the war-torn cities of Irpin and Bucha.[43]

Marin and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson talks about potential NATO memberships for Finland and Sweden in the spring of 2022.


In October 2020, Marin took part in a photoshoot for the Finnish magazine Trendi in which she wore a blazer with nothing underneath. It generated much public controversy, with critics accusing her of tastelessness and demeaning her office, and others defending her and accusing the critics of sexism.[44] Social media users in support of Marin used the hashtag #ImWithSanna when sharing photos of themselves wearing blazers with no top underneath. Trendi would share some of these #ImWithSanna posts.[45]


On 25 May 2021, Finnish media reported that Marin and her family were paying about 300 per month for groceries with public funds as a part of the Prime Minister's tax-free housing benefits. The legality of the arrangement was questioned since the housing benefits do not explicitly include food provisions.[46][47] Later, the amount spent was found to be €850 per month, not the €300 first thought.[48] Marin had used around €14,363.20 on catering services in the prime minister's official residence between January 2020 and May 2021, equivalent to €845 per month, which was over the annual limit of €2,500.[49] She claimed that she did not know the limit.[50] Finnish political scientist Kimmo Grönlund said that the controversy was unlikely to cost Marin her job as "Personally I think the sums which have come out so far are quite a small matter" and that Marin has declared the amount and "will from now on pay for her own breakfasts".[49] With the controversy over spending on groceries, Marin had to dispel speculation that public money had also been spent on her wedding, saying that she and her husband "paid for all our wedding expenses ourselves".[49]

Actions during COVID-19[edit]

In early December 2021, Marin went celebrating in a night club in Helsinki hours after being in close contact with Finland's foreign minister who had tested positive for COVID-19, thus exposing the Prime Minister to the infection. Two text messages were sent to Marin's governmental phone alerting that she should be quarantined. However, Marin missed the messages because she was not carrying the phone at the time. According to the government regulations, the Prime Minister should always be in possession of and be reachable via a governmental phone. Marin was allegedly carrying only a parliamentary phone during the night out.[51][52]

According to Marin, she had been told that going out in public was permitted due to her having been vaccinated. Once she had received information that this was not the case, she got tested and apologised on Facebook.[53] Two complaints about Marin's behavior were subsequently filed to the Chancellor of Justice.[54] Prominent members of the coalition government partner Centre Party stated that Marin had lied to them by altering her explanations of the events.[55]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2018, Marin and her fiancé, Markus Räikkönen had a daughter, Emma.[56][57][58] In August 2020, Marin and Räikkönen, who works in communications, married at the prime minister's official residence, Kesäranta.[57][59] Their permanent residence is in the Kaleva district of Tampere,[6] but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have resided at Kesäranta.[57] She has said that, if she had the choice, she would move to the countryside.[60]

Marin describes herself as coming from a "rainbow family",[61] as she was raised by same-sex parents.[20][62][2] She was the first person in her family to attend university.[63]

Marin is a vegetarian.[64]


Marin was on the list of the BBC's 100 Women announced on 23 November 2020.[65] On 9 December 2020, she was selected by Forbes to rank 85th on the list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.[66][67] In 2020 she became a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.[68] Marin was selected for the cover of Time magazine's "Time100 Next" theme issue, which showcases one hundred influential leaders from around the world.[69]



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