The Finnish Prime Minister apologizes for a party photo from the official residence

The Finnish Prime Minister apologizes for a party photo from the official residence
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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin holds a news conference in Helsinki, Finland, August 19, 2022, after videos of her party leaked on social media and sparked criticism. Lehtikuva/Roni Rekomaa via REUTERS

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HELSINKI, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Tuesday apologized for an image that emerged from a private party she threw at her official residence in July after public uproar last week over her party had taken place.

On Monday, the prime minister, one of the world’s youngest heads of state, tested negative for drugs. It was made to allay concerns after video footage was released last week showing her singing and dancing at another party with Finnish celebrities. Continue reading

This week, another image began circulating on social media, showing two well-known female influencers kissing and covering their bare breasts with a “Finland” sign from the Prime Minister’s official residence in Helsinki.

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“In my opinion, the picture is not appropriate. I apologize for that. Such a photo should not have been taken, but otherwise nothing extraordinary happened at the meeting,” Marin told reporters, confirming the photo was from her home.

Marin, 36, who has made no secret of her enjoyment of her free time, said the picture was taken during a private party with her friends after a music festival in July.

“We went to the sauna, swam and spent time together,” she said of the party at her oceanfront residence.

Finns are divided over the prime minister’s behavior, with some supporting the young leader in balancing her personal life with her high-profile career, while others have raised questions about whether her leisure activities would affect her judgment.

Social Democrat leader Marin, who became the world’s youngest incumbent leader in December 2019, agreed to take the drug test on Friday, saying she had never used drugs and saw no one at the party she attended . Continue reading

Marin told Reuters in January that she and her young fellow ministers were subjected to extensive hate speech because of their gender and appearance during their tenure.

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Reporting by Anne Kauranen and Essi Lehto; Edited by Bernadette Baum

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