| Sanna Marin |
|Born||16 November 1985|
|Alma mater||University of Tampere|
|Member of||WEF/Young Global Leaders 2020|
|Party||Social Democratic Party of Finland|
World Economic Young Leader and Finland's youngest-ever prime minister.
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. She also lived in Espoo and Pirkkala before moving to Tampere. Her parents split up when she was very young; the family faced financial problems and Marin's father, Lauri Marin, struggled with alcoholism. After her biological parents separated, Marin was brought up by her mother and her mother's female partner.
Marin graduated from the Pirkkala High School in 2004 at the age of 19. Marin joined the Social Democratic Youth in 2006 and was its first Vice President from 2010 to 2012. She worked in a bakery and as a cashier while studying, graduating with bachelor's and master's degrees in Administrative Science from the University of Tampere.
Early political career
Social Democratic Party
Marin's political career was described by the BBC as "beginning at the age of 20", in the years following her high school graduation and beginning her affiliation with the Social Democratic Youth. She initially unsuccessfully ran for election to the City Council of Tampere, but was elected in the 2012 municipal elections. She became chairperson of the City Council within months, serving from 2013 to 2017. In 2017, she was re-elected to the City Council. She first gained prominence after video clips of her chairing contentious meetings were shared on YouTube.
Marin was elected second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2014. In 2015, she was elected to the Finnish Parliament as an MP from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa. On 6 June 2019, she became the Minister of Transport and Communications.
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, but Rinne formally remained party leader until June 2020. 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. She is the third female head of government in Finland, after Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi.
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 
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.  In her defense, she said it was established practice with former PMs, something that also was questioned.
In January 2018, Marin and her fiancé, Markus Räikkönen, had a daughter, Emma. In August 2020, Marin and Räikkönen married at the prime minister's official residence, Kesäranta. Their permanent residence is in the Kaleva district of Tampere, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, they have resided at Kesäranta.
Marin describes herself as coming from a "rainbow family", as she was raised by same-sex parents. She was the first person in her family to attend university. Marin is a vegetarian.
- Candidates elected Tampere Ministry of Justice of Finland. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
- Candidates elected Ministry of Justice of Finland. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
- SDP on valinnut: Sanna Marinista tulee Suomen seuraava pääministeri – suora lähetys menossa, Yle seuraa hetki hetkeltä Yle 8 December 2019
- Finland's Social Democrats name Marin to be youngest ever prime minister. Reuters, 8 December 2019