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Meet Finland’s Newly Elected 34-Year-Old Leader

Sanna Marin is set to become the world's youngest prime minister, leading a coalition entirely headed by women. This is what you need to know about Finland's 34-year-old new leader.

Pioneering gender equality in politics

She’s the world’s youngest serving prime minister. She’s leading a coalition government headed by women. She’s Finland’s new leader. This is Sanna Marin. Marin was born in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and was raised by her mother and her mother’s female partner in a rented apartment. She was the first member of her family to go to university. At age 27, she became head of the city council of her industrial hometown Tampere.

In 2015, she became an MP. Three years later, she gave birth to her daughter Emma. She’s the third female prime minister of Finland and was previously the country’s transport minister. She won the confidence of parliament with 99 votes in favor and 70 against. At 34 she replaced Antti Rinne, who resigned last week after the Centre Party, one of the members of governing center-left coalition, said it had lost confidence in him over his handling of a postal strike. The new cabinet takes over in the middle of labor unrest and a wave of strikes which have halted production at some of Finland’s largest companies for three days.

As prime minister, she leads a center-left coalition of five parties all headed by women. Including Marin, four out of five female party leaders are under 35 such as Katri Kulmuni, Li Andersson and Maria Ohisalo. Twelve ministers in the new cabinet are women and just seven are men. The head of the Centre Party, Katri Kulmuni (32) becomes finance minister, Green Party leader Maria Ohisalo (34) continues as interior minister and the Left Alliance’s chairwoman Li Andersson (32) remains education minister. The Swedish People’s Party’s Anna-Maja Henriksson (55) remains justice minister, the only coalition leader to finish school before the 21st century.

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12/09/2019 8:36 PM
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17 comments

  • Toni S.
    12/30/2019 23:28

    This woman is amazing.

  • Ástrid J.
    12/24/2019 11:34

    She was raised by her two mothers, not by her mother and her mother’s “female partner”.

  • Star T.
    12/17/2019 18:01

    Now if only our country(USA) would follow suit....it's time for a Change for the good...for too long our country has been run mostly by the "good old boys club" .....time to get more younger and feminine genes working for the better of our country! 😉

  • Star T.
    12/17/2019 17:57

    Congratulations!

  • Stephen L.
    12/12/2019 12:11

    and congrats

  • Grace M.
    12/12/2019 05:01

    Soooo to Finland we migrate!

  • Daniel R.
    12/11/2019 00:42

    She's just starting early,you don't have to be old to serves your people!.

  • Salman K.
    12/10/2019 07:39

    More power to you ladies 🔥

  • Hetal S.
    12/10/2019 07:22

    All the way more reasons to go now ♥️

  • Mahesh K.
    12/10/2019 05:52

    Scandinavia always best

  • Ramon O.
    12/10/2019 03:11

    Kudos to another woman leader....

  • Mel O.
    12/09/2019 23:31

    If Bernie decides to migrate, he will be a good political partner for her.

  • Dicky B.
    12/09/2019 22:00

    Population of 🇫🇮 Finland 5.51 million.

  • Lucita L.
    12/09/2019 21:41

    Now, let's get those old foggies in Washington get some of her way of thinking!

  • Betty S.
    12/09/2019 21:22

    Congratulations....

  • Edgar V.
    12/09/2019 21:02

    Blue tsunami In November

  • Brut
    12/09/2019 20:42

    Finland's radical plan to tackle homelessness with housing is getting people off the streets — and is reportedly saving the government money.