Sanna Marin, Sanna Mirella Marin, Finland

Sanna Marin, born 16 November 1985, in Helsinki, was brought up in a ‘rainbow family’ by her mother and female partner. She had earlier talked about feeling ‘invisible’ when she could not speak openly about her family, growing up. Same-sex families continue to be a taboo today, although studies have time and again refuted any claims of same-sex parents having a negative impact on the child. About the challenges as a kid, Marin was quoted as saying, “The silence was the hardest. Invisibility caused a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognised as a true family or equal with others. But I wasn’t much bullied. Even when I was little, I was very candid and stubborn. I wouldn’t have taken anything easy.” Marin spent her teenage years working in a bakery. She was also the first in her family to go to university. Her mother has always been supportive of her choices, she had said.

Sanna Marin of the Social Democratic Party, became the youngest-serving leader of a government in the world, beating out Ukraine’s 35-year-old prime minister, Oleksiy Honcharuk. She might not hold that title for long, however. Sebastian Kurz, the 33-year-old former Austrian chancellor who rose to that position when he was 31, won an election in September and is in talks to form a new governing coalition that would put him back in the job.

Unlike the conservative Kurz, Marin is a political liberal. The government she will take over has declared itself a global front-runner on combating climate change. Her predecessor, 57-year-old Antti Rinne, recently called himself a “feminist,” but later resigned over accusations that he had mishandled a postal service worker strike. He is expected to remain the leader of the Social Democrats.

Sanna Marin’s rise to the top of Finnish politics would preserve the country’s left-wing coalition that has recently found itself under pressure from an increasingly popular conservative opposition, amid a weakening economy and growing pressure on Finland’s expansive welfare state.

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“There’s a lot of work to be done to rebuild trust,” Marin acknowledged Sunday.

Finland’s liberal voters hope she might be able to champion her bloc’s liberal ideas more effectively than her predecessor. Political opponents, such as former conservative Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb, acknowledged the composition of the coming new government sent a powerful message.

“One day gender will not matter in government,” Stubb wrote on Twitter.

Sanna Marin joins a small group of female leaders who have sought to counteract the rise of populism. That group includes Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova, 46, a progressive whose election this year bucked the trend of populism and nationalism in Central Europe. And like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — who is 39 — Marin is a new mother, having given birth to a daughter last year. A lawmaker since 2015, Marin is the party’s vice chairwoman and was minister for transport and communications in the outgoing government.

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. Beside Marin, the coalition’s other party leaders are 32-year-old Katri Kulmuni of the Center Party; the Left Alliance’s Li Andersson, 32; Maria Ohisalo, the 34-year-old leader of the Greens; and the head of the Swedish People’s Party, Anna-Maja Henriksson, who at 55 is the oldest. The coalition will have a comfortable majority of 117 seats in the 200-seat Eduskunta, or Parliament.

Marin will be Finland’s third female government leader. Women have been present in politics in the Nordic region for decades and today represent half of the party leaders in Sweden. Four of Denmark’s nine parties are headed by women.

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My Story
I am a 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.

My roots are in four municipalities. I was born in Helsinki, Espoo lived, veittänyt school year as growth and Pirkkala, and finally settled in Tampere. Kaleva district I lived in since 2007. Kaleva I especially like the residential area of ??diversity. Parks, schools, a variety of sports venues, 50s houses and diverse people living in the area, from students to the elderly, are the soul and heart of Kaleva.

I am a rainbow family with a child. For me, human rights, equality, or equality of people have never been questions of opinion but the basis of my moral conception. I joined politics because I want to influence how society sees its citizens and their rights.

I have been active in politics for over a decade. Influence and participation are my civil rights. Changing things requires commitment. The welfare state or the rules of the workplace are not taken for granted, but the result of hard work. Social democracy struck my dignity as a movement for equality, freedom and peace.

Environmental values’ are also close to my heart. Climate change and biodiversity loss are among the biggest problems of our time. Influencing them requires strong political determination and will.

My Values
Freedom for me is the freedom to do and achieve things regardless of family background, cultural background, or other background. The role of society is to enable the freedom of individuals by guaranteeing equal social rights for all. Genuine freedom requires equality.

Equality means to me that all people have the opportunity to live a good life, to have a decent livelihood and to have an influence and participation in society. The role of politics is to dismantle and change structures that discriminate against people.

Solidarity means solidarity and community to me. Solidarity also requires responsibility for the environment so that future generations have the opportunity to live a good and dignified life.

Family and Leisure Time
Marin, mother to her daughter Emma Amalia Marin, also actively documented her journey through pregnancy and motherhood on social media, from sharing pictures of her baby bump to that of breastfeeding and spending time with the child as a working mother, influencing many other mothers in the process. She lives with her husband Markus in the Kaleva district of Tampere.

Emma’s grandparents are an invaluable help in the middle of a busy daily life and I am very grateful that we live all in close proximity to each other.

My free time is spent with my daughter and my family, with other people close to me and outside in the excellent nature attractions of Pirkanmaa.

Sanna Marin Biography and Profile

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