Finland’s Sanna Marin, 34, was officially appointed as the country’s prime minister on Tuesday, becoming the world’s youngest sitting head of government.
If Twitter is anything to go by, she may also be the world’s most beautiful prime minister – many have responded to Marin’s election by commenting positively on her physical appearance.
Some also expressed approval over the fact that Marin leads a coalition entirely headed by women.
The former transport minister takes the helm of a coalition of five parties, all led by women, once the prime minister takes over as head of her Social Democratic party next year. All but one of the female coalition leaders are aged under 35.
Marin became Finland’s third female prime minister after her nomination was passed in parliament by 99 votes to 70 Tuesday and President Sauli Niinisto officially appointed the new centre-left cabinet.
She succeeds Antti Rinne, who resigned last week after losing the trust of one of his coalition parties over his handling of a postal strike.
Marin has made global headlines for becoming not only Finland’s youngest ever leader, but also the world’s youngest sitting head of government, ahead of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk who is currently 35.
But on Tuesday, Marin deflected questions about the international attention she has received over becoming the world’s youngest premier.
“My own thoughts have been on practical things and this week, I haven’t followed what the press have been writing very much either at home or abroad,” she told reporters outside parliament.
Earlier this week she said: “I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”
Marin grew up looked after by her mother and her mother’s girlfriend, and said that her “rainbow family” showed her the importance of “equality, fairness and human rights”.
In a 2015 interview, Marin said she felt ‘invisible’ as a child, because she could not speak openly about her family setup.
She has also said that her childhood has strongly influenced her political priorities, which include protecting Finland’s generous welfare system and low levels of inequality.
“I come from a poor family and would not have been able to succeed and move forward were it not for the strong welfare state and the Finnish education system,” she told Helsingin Sanomat.
The Social Democrats took office in June after defeating the far-right, anti-immigration Finns Party by the narrowest of margins in April’s general election.
The victory was seen by some commentators as a triumph for Finland’s liberal, equal society over a party that ran on a ticket of cutting asylum levels almost to zero and halting anti-climate change measures.
Speaking after Tuesday’s parliamentary vote, Marin pledged to rebuild trust in her party.
“We have promised the Finnish people change and now we must deliver on that promise. In June we agreed a government programme together and I believe it is through actions that we will best restore people’s trust,” she said.
I'm moving to Finland???????????????? pic.twitter.com/QY2NxxC56j
— Jim ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? (@JimLeitrim1) December 10, 2019
She is smart, young and beautiful. The new Prime Minister of Finland – 34 year Sanna Marin. She leads a coalition headed entirely by women. ???????? https://t.co/XAoximXLhm
— Maggie Kigozi (@KigoziMaggie) December 11, 2019
Finland & NZ get young female (& beautiful!) PMs, but the US & UK get to choose between old man or older man. #unfair
— WL (@w_li) December 11, 2019
I'm moving to #Finland
— Raz_Music (@DJRaz_Music) December 11, 2019
On behalf of the people of Pakistan & our PM @ImranKhanPTI, lemme take the opportunity to felicitate the Gorgeous and the Beautiful H.E @MarinSanna for being elected as the youngest PM of the #FinLand.
Love & Respect all the way from #Pakistan!
— ᗩᗷᗪᑌᖇ ᖇᗴᕼᗰᗩᑎ © (@SabiIlluxinist) December 11, 2019
How gorgeous prime minister of Finland???? https://t.co/7T2R8CcqsB
— Hajira Hameed (@hajirahamid6) December 10, 2019
It's like the rest of the world only discovered Finland actually exists this morning ????♂️ https://t.co/sG3FMGtBk3
— David Mac Dougall (@davidmacdougall) December 9, 2019