Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin has found herself at the centre of a scandal after a video of her partying with her celebrity pals found its way to social media.
The 36-year-old leader has a reputation for partying a little too hard, openly hitting up music festivals and clubs during her tenure as PM.
Finland’s Prime Minister @MarinSanna is in the headlines after a video of her partying was leaked today.— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) August 17, 2022
She has previously been criticized for attending too many music festivals & spending too much on partying instead of ruling.
The critics say it’s not fitting for a PM. pic.twitter.com/FbOhdTeEGw
In the video the Finnish leader can be seen drinking, singing, and dancing with a group of friends as songs by Finnish rapper Petri Nygård and pop singer Antti Tuisku can be heard playing in the background.
According to newspaper Iltalehti, those partying with the PM are actually famous Finns.
This is the Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin. Some been saying she’s cool... maybe among other teenagers. But a responsible leader for a country in crisis? She is by far the most incompetent PM we ever had. Knows nothing. Please take your leather jacket and resign. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/tHLhdEKEa8— Aleksi Valavuori (@Valavuori) August 17, 2022
The Finnish newspaper identified singer Alma, influencer Janita Autio, TV host Tinni Wikström, YouTuber Ilona Ylikorpi, radio host Karoliina Tuominen, stylist Vesa Silver and fellow politician Ilmari as the ones partying along the Prime Minister.
"Based on the videos, it is not possible to say for sure when and where they were filmed," the newspaper wrote.
"It looks like the videos were taken in a private apartment."
The Finnish paper added: "Marin’s partying and social media publicity, which differs from the traditional style of prime minister, has attracted a lot of attention and discussion."
Finnish PM Sanna Marin partying at 36 like she's a ratchet 16 year old American girl is quite fitting— ib (@lndian_Bronson) August 17, 2022
captive European politics/culture is now merely imported trends from the US of 20 years ago anyway
Europe hasn't been a genuine agent in a real sense since the Atlantic Charter https://t.co/NN4JbYVvV5
The leaked video has prompted calls from fellow Finnish MPs for the party-loving Prime Minister to undergo a voluntary drug test as the people should be 'allowed to expect this' from their leader.
Marin, however, has denied taking drugs, telling a press conference that she only drank alcohol and partied 'in a boisterous way' and had had 'no problem taking [drug] tests'.
Aivan jo pelkästään julkisuudessa käytävän keskustelun takia olisi viisautta, mikäli pääministeri @MarinSanna kävisi omaehtoisesti huumeseulassa, jonka tulokset julkistettaisiin riippumattoman tahon toimesta.— Mikko Kärnä 🇫🇮🇺🇦 (@KarnaMikko) August 18, 2022
Kansalla on myös lupa odottaa tällaista pääministeriltään. #jauhojengi
"I danced, sang, and partied - perfectly legal things. And I've never been in a situation where I've seen or known of others [using drugs]," the Finnish leader said, according to the BBC.
"I have a family life, I have a work life and I have free time to spend with my friends. Pretty much the same as many people my age."
So, Finland’s 36-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin has a life.— Gianmarco Gabrieli (@gabrieligm) August 18, 2022
Seems the Internet is upset today at Finland’s PM Sanna Marin for going to a party, dancing to music and enjoying herself outside work.— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 18, 2022
Maybe she should have invaded a neighboring country, embezzled some money and spread hate and xenophobia instead…
Despite copping flak for her boozy night out, the 36-year-old leader said she has no intention of changing her behaviour.
"I am going to be exactly the same person as I have been until now and I hope that it will be accepted," she said, as per the BBC.
Marin's latest party scandal comes one week after German news outlet Bild dubbed her the 'coolest prime minister in the world'.
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