Sanna Marin is now the world’s youngest sitting prime minister on Tuesday after the 34-year-old transportation minister was sworn in as Finland’s new prime minister on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Marin tweeted in Finnish that “Finland will not be finished in four years, but it can get better. That’s what we’re working on. I want to build a society where every child can become anything and every person can live and grow in dignity.”
Here’s what you need to know.
1. At 34, Sanna Marin Is the Youngest Sitting Prime Minister But Isn’t the Only Top World Leader in Their 30s
Marin isn’t the only world leader in her 30s, though: Ukrainian Premier Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35 years old and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is 39 years old.
“Iceland’s Vigdis Finnbogadottir was the first woman to be democratically elected as head of state by voters when she defeated three men for the presidency in 1980,” according to TIME Magazine.
Marin won with 99 votes in favor and 70 against, according to Reuters.
Marin beat out Antti Rinne who resigned last week after losing confidence over his handling of a postal strike. He has served as prime minister of Finland since June 2019.
2. The Five Major Parties in Finland’s Parliament Are Now All Led By Women
According to CNN, the five major parties in Finland’s parliament are now all led by women, four of whom are in their 30s: Li Andersson, 32, is the leader of the Left Alliance; Maria Ohisalo, 34, leads the Green League; the Centre Party is led by Katri Kulmuni, 32; and Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, is leader of the Swedish People’s Party of Finland.
3. Sanna Marin Is a Member of Finland’s Social Democratic Party
Sanna Marin was elected head of the council in Finland’s third largest city Tampere at just 27 years old.
I am a 33 year-old mom and politician from Tampere. I work as a member of parliament and vice president of the Social Democratic Party. I am also actively involved in local politics in Tampere and in the Pirkanmaa region. Currently I work as a member of the Tampere city council.
I have studied local and regional administration in the School of Management at the University of Tampere. I have a Master’s degree in Administrative Studies (B.Soc.Sc.).
The values that are important to me are equality, freedom and global solidarity. These are also the founding values of social democracy. Environmental issues and ecological sustainability are also very important to me.
4. Finland Currently Holds the Presidency of the European Union
According to TIME magazine, “lawmakers are likely to approve the new government this week so Marin can represent Finland at a summit of European Union leaders in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. Finland holds the EU’s rotating presidency until the end of the year.”
On Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union Commission tweeted: “It is my great pleasure to congratulate the new Finnish Prime Minister @MarinSanna. #Finland has truly taken the gender issues to the next level: all Coalition parties are now led by women! I look forward to working with the @FinGovernment.”
5. Sanna Marin Is the Daughter of Same-Sex Parents
“Marin told the Finnish site Menaiset in 2015 that she felt her upbringing in a LGBT+ household influenced her values as a politician. She said: ‘For me, people have always been equal. It’s not a matter of opinion. That’s the foundation of everything.'” according to PinkNews.
Marin is the mother of a two-year-old daughter.