The youngest world leader

"We don't meet in a female locker room and have locker room talk." Here's how Finland's new leader Sanna Marin describes what it's like to have an all-female cabinet.

Pioneering gender equality in politics

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.

She’s the world’s youngest serving prime minister

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) continued as interior minister and the Left Alliance’s chairwoman Li Andersson (32) remained education minister. The Swedish People’s Party’s Anna-Maja Henriksson (55) remained justice minister, the only coalition leader to finish school before the 21st century.


01/23/2020 7:42 PM


  • Ajmal K.
    06/18/2020 14:22


  • Wasi H.
    03/08/2020 22:55

    Syed Zain Haider Zaidi

  • Robert M.
    02/22/2020 21:23

    moving to Finland

  • Seth H.
    02/19/2020 22:04

    It's easy to play fantasy land when you only have 10 million people and they all chip in on taxes.

  • Goldie C.
    02/14/2020 22:43

    The man asking the questions really was trying hard to put words into her mouth. I think he thinks her cabinet sits around in their yoga pants talking about their boyfriends while they do their hair.

  • Ernie S.
    02/13/2020 14:39

    I thought we were all the same and everyone is equal. Make up your mind.

  • J P.
    02/04/2020 11:50

    Excellent narrative

  • Mayri P.
    02/01/2020 00:40

    Im moving there!

  • Malik A.
    01/31/2020 21:17

    Such a graceful lady

  • Julia G.
    01/29/2020 13:01

    We need more women in governments all around the world.

  • Kirsti K.
    01/29/2020 04:44


  • Karan D.
    01/29/2020 01:45

    Ek humari Nirmala Sitaraman ji hain....khud onion khati nhi hume khane deti nhi

  • Karan D.
    01/29/2020 01:44

    Aur ek humari Nirmala Tai hain....khud onion khaati nhi hume khaane deti nhi

  • Vivek K.
    01/28/2020 20:58

    Finland soon to be a 3rd world country

  • Khurram A.
    01/28/2020 17:01

    waja qurb kr

  • Mau G.
    01/28/2020 15:43

    The journalist is an idiot!

  • Barbara K.
    01/28/2020 00:12

    Fareed Zakaria needs to be moved out to topics he can handle, like beauty contests and ribbon-cutting events. Leave the serious business of World Leadership to someone better equipped and prepared for the task. People Magazine seems more his speed, where’s Cokie Roberts when you need her..?

  • Jenni-Maria V.
    01/27/2020 20:56


  • Leif C.
    01/27/2020 17:48

    Bra S Marin,vilka idiotfrågor.

  • Mayur S.
    01/27/2020 13:40

    Finland is lucky , others gets old, doddering, dufus, lecherous, corrupt , manic, manipulative, bigots as heads of states.

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