Sanna Marin

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Born16 November 1985
Alma materUniversity of Tampere
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders 2020
PartySocial Democratic Party of Finland
World Economic Young Leader and Finland's youngest-ever prime minister.

Employment.png Prime Minister of Finland

In office
10 December 2019 - Present

Employment.png Finland/Leader of the Social Democratic Party

In office
23 August 2020 - Present

Employment.png Minister of Transport and Communications

In office
6 June 2019 - 10 December 2019

Employment.png Member of the Finnish Parliament

In office
22 April 2015 - Present

Sanna Mirella Marin is a Finnish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Finland since 10 December 2019. A member of the Social Democratic Party, she has been a member of the Parliament of Finland since 2015 and served as the Minister of Transport and Communications from 6 June to 10 December 2019. After Antti Rinne's resignation in the wake of a 2019 postal strike, saw Marin elected as prime minister on 8 December 2019, just in time for COVID.

At 35, with as good as no political experience, she is Finland's youngest-ever prime minister.

Early life and education

Sanna Mirella Marin was born on 16 November 1985 in Helsinki.[1][2] She also lived in Espoo and Pirkkala before moving to Tampere.[1] Her parents split up when she was very young; the family faced financial problems and Marin's father, Lauri Marin,[3] struggled with alcoholism. After her biological parents separated, Marin was brought up by her mother and her mother's female partner.[4][5][6]

Marin graduated from the Pirkkala High School in 2004 at the age of 19.[7] Marin joined the Social Democratic Youth in 2006 and was its first Vice President from 2010 to 2012.[8][1] She worked in a bakery and as a cashier while studying,[9] graduating with bachelor's and master's degrees in Administrative Science from the University of Tampere.[5][9]

Early political career

Social Democratic Party

Marin's political career was described by the BBC as "beginning at the age of 20",[4] in the years following her high school graduation and beginning her affiliation with the Social Democratic Youth.[4][8] She initially unsuccessfully ran for election to the City Council of Tampere, but was elected in the 2012 municipal elections.[4][1][10][11] She became chairperson of the City Council within months, serving from 2013 to 2017.[5] In 2017, she was re-elected to the City Council.[12] She first gained prominence after video clips of her chairing contentious meetings were shared on YouTube.[9]

Marin was elected second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2014.[13][5] In 2015, she was elected to the Finnish Parliament as an MP from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa.[14][15] On 6 June 2019, she became the Minister of Transport and Communications.[13][16][9]

On 23 August 2020, Marin was elected chair of the SDP, succeeding Antti Rinne.[17]

Prime Minister of Finland

In December 2019, Marin was nominated by the Social Democratic Party to succeed Antti Rinne as the Prime Minister of Finland,[18][19] but Rinne formally remained party leader until June 2020.[20][21] 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.[22][23] She is the third female head of government in Finland, after Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi.[10][24][21]

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 the title in January 2020 [19][25][26]

During the global [[|COVID-19 pandemic|COVID-19 situation]] in 2020, Marin's cabinet invoked the state of emergency in Finland, with lockdowns and other drastic measures.[27]

On May 25, 2021, Finnish media reported that Marin and her family were buying about 300 euros per month in groceries with public funds as a part of the Prime Minister's tax-free housing benefits. The legality of the arrangement was questionable since the housing benefits don't explicitly include food provisions.[28][29] [30] In her defense, she said it was established practice with former PMs, something that also was questioned.[31]

Personal life

In January 2018, Marin and her fiancé, Markus Räikkönen, had a daughter, Emma.[32][33][34] In August 2020, Marin and Räikkönen married at the prime minister's official residence, Kesäranta.[35] Their permanent residence is in the Kaleva district of Tampere,[1] but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have resided at Kesäranta.[33]

Marin describes herself as coming from a "rainbow family",[36] as she was raised by same-sex parents.[16][37][2] She was the first person in her family to attend university.[38] Marin is a vegetarian.[39]

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