Finnish Prime Minister apologizes for evening photo

Sanna Marin apologized on Tuesday for a controversial photo taken in her residence and unveiled by an influencer. The photo shows two women kissing, lifting their tops and holding a ‘Finland’ sign in front of their bare chests.

The image was first shared on TikTok by an influencer, former Miss Finland contestant, who appears in the photo herself. Finland’s prime minister confirmed the photo was taken at her official residence after a music festival. “I think the photo is inappropriate, I apologize,” she said. “She shouldn’t have been taken. »

The right to be entertained

Sanna Marin has already made headlines the week before after a video emerged showing her dancing and partying with friends and celebrities. Some had interpreted comments heard in the video as referring to drugs, which led the Prime Minister to submit to a screening on Friday to “dispel any suspicion”.

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The test was negative, we learned on Monday. Her way of dancing was deemed unsuitable for a Prime Minister by some, while others defended her right to entertain with friends in a private setting. So far, Sanna Marin has enjoyed the support of her party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

“I don’t see a big problem with her dancing with friends at a private event,” Antti Lindtman, leader of the SDP group in parliament, told a news conference. Aged 36, Sanna Marin has been the youngest head of government in the world since 2019, when she assumed the post.

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