Sanna Marin: Anthony Albanese confirms Finland’s prime minister to arrive in Australia next week

Finnish ‘party’ prime minister to land in Australia next week – after shrugging off nightclub scandal that ended in her having to take a drug test

  • Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin to arrive in Australia next week
  • She will be the first Finnish leader to visit Australia in Finland’s history
  • Ms Marin has made headlines in recent years over her partying antics
  • In 2022 she took a drug test to prove she was clean after partying pics surfaced 

Finland‘s ‘party’ prime minister will make history next week when she lands in Australia.

Sanna Marin is the youngest prime minister in Finland’s history and will become the first Finnish leader to visit down under when she arrives to deliver a speech at the Lowy Institute.

The 37-year-old has made a name for herself away from politics in recent years for her partying and nightclub antics.

Videos of her dancing were leaked in recent months on social media leading to an independent inquiry into her actions.

At the time of the scandal, Marin said she spent ‘an evening with friends’ and that the videos were ‘filmed in private premises’. 

Sanna Marin is the youngest Prime Minister in Finland's history and will become the first Finnish leader to visit Australia when she arrives to deliver a speech at the Lowy Institute

Sanna Marin is the youngest Prime Minister in Finland’s history and will become the first Finnish leader to visit Australia when she arrives to deliver a speech at the Lowy Institute

Videos of Ms Marin dancing were leaked in recent months on social media leading to an independent inquiry into her actions

Videos of Ms Marin dancing were leaked in recent months on social media leading to an independent inquiry into her actions

Complaints to the chancellor’s office – an independent office overseeing the legality of ministers’ actions – alleged that Marin was unfit to work ‘due to alcohol consumption’ and claimed her behaviour was inappropriate for a prime minister.

Following the complaints Ms Marin said, ‘I am human. And I too sometimes long for joy, light and fun amidst these dark clouds.’

Tuomas Pöysti, the chancellor of justice, cleared her of any wrongdoing saying there was ‘no reason to suspect the prime minister of unlawful conduct in the performance of her duties, or of any neglect of her official responsibilities’.

In August, Marin took a drug test, which was negative, to clear up any suspicion voiced by some that comments heard on the video referred to narcotics – something heavily debated on social media and strongly denied by the prime minister. 

Footage emerged on social media of Sanna Marin partying

Footage emerged on social media of Sanna Marin partying

At the time of the scandal, Marin said she spent ‘an evening with friends’ and that the videos were ‘filmed in private premises’. Complaints to the chancellor alleged that Marin was unfit to work ‘due to alcohol consumption’ and claimed her behaviour was inappropriate for a prime minister. The country’s chancellor of justice later cleared her of any wrongdoing

That wasn’t the first time her nighttime partying came under the spotlight either.

In 2021, Ms Marin was forced to issue an apology after being caught clubbing until 4am despite coming in contact with a positive Covid case.

The Finnish leader went out hours after her foreign minister tested positive.

The polarising politician was originally told she did not need to isolate as she was fully vaxxed but then missed the subsequent text that informed her she did in fact need to isolate.

In 2020, Ms Marin also sparked controversy when she posed for a photoshoot in a blazer with nothing underneath.

In August, Marin took a drug test, which was negative, to clear up any suspicion voiced by some that comments heard on the video referred to narcotics - something heavily debated on social media and strongly denied by the prime minister

In August, Marin took a drug test, which was negative, to clear up any suspicion voiced by some that comments heard on the video referred to narcotics – something heavily debated on social media and strongly denied by the prime minister

Earlier this week Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed the leader would give a talk at the Lowy Institute alongside a business delegation when she lands next week.

‘I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Marin to Australia on Friday,’ Mr Albanese said.

‘Although a world apart geographically, Australia and Finland are united by shared values and a strong desire to uphold the international rules-based order.

‘Australians and Finns have a mutual appreciation for fostering sustainable growth, investing in clean energy and resilient supply chains and social and political stability.’

The Finnish leader has been a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin since he invaded Ukraine, working alongside Sweden as the two nations attempt to join NATO.

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