Finland Set To Have 34-Year-Old Prime Minister

Finland's youngest prime minister

Transportation Minister Sanna Marin, 34, won the vote among the Social Democrats’ party leadership after former Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s resignation on Tuesday.

If approved by Parliament, Marin will be the youngest-ever Finnish prime minister and youngest current prime minister in the world. She joins four other women to lead Finland’s five-party coalition government, another historic feat for the Nordic country.

Finland is a country with an estimated population of 5.5 million.

The 34-year-old Marin Sanna shall become the 46th Prime Minister of Finland next week with the following footnotes:

  • youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland
  • youngest currently sitting Prime Minister in the world
  • youngest-ever female Prime Minister in the world

Marin was born in Helsinki and lived in Espoo and Pirkkala before moving to Tampere. She graduated from the University of Tampere as Bachelor of Administrative Sciences in 2012.

In 2012, she was elected to the City Council of Tampere with 826 votes. She was the chairperson of the City Council from 2013 to 2017. In 2017, she was re-elected to the City Council with 5,783 votes.

Marin was elected second Vice President of the Social Democratic Party in 2014. In 2015, she was elected to the Parliament of Finland from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa with 10,911 votes. Four years later, she was re-elected with 19,088 votes. On 6 June 2019 she became the Minister of Transport and Communications.

Finland’s government will be led by these women:

  • Sanna Marin, 34, Prime Minister
  • Katri Kulmuni, 32, Minister of Economic Affairs
  • Maria Ohisalo, 34, Minister of the Interior
  • Li Andersson, 32, Minister of Education
  • Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, Minister of Justice

Sanna Marin

Born: November 16, 1985 (age 34 years), Helsinki, Finland
Party: Social Democratic Party of Finland
Office: Finnish Member of Parliament since 2015
Education: Tampere University (2017), Tampere University (2007–2012), Pirkkalan Yhteislukio (2004)
Offspring: Emma Amalia Marin