Finnish PM apologises for party picture from official residence

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Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin holds a press conference after videos of her parties leaked on social media and sparked criticism earlier this week, in Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 19, 2022. Lehtikuva/Roni Rekomaa via REUTERS

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HELSINKI, Aug. 23 (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin apologized on Tuesday for a photo surfaced of a private party she threw at her official residence in July, following a public uproar over her partying over the past week.

On Monday, a drug test by the prime minister, one of the youngest world leaders, came back negative. It was taken to allay concerns after video footage was published last week of her singing and dancing with Finnish celebrities at another party. read more

This week, another image started 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 photo is not appropriate. My apologies. Such a photo should not have been taken, but otherwise nothing special happened during the meeting,” Marin told reporters, confirming that the photo was from her home. .

Marin, 36, who makes no secret of the fact that she enjoys her free time, said the photo was taken at a private party with her friends after a music festival in July.

“We had a sauna, swam and spent time together,” she said, describing the party at her seaside residence.

The Finns are divided on the prime minister’s behaviour, with some support for the young leader for balancing a private life with her high profile career, while others have raised questions about whether her judgment would be affected by her leisure activities.

Social Democratic leader Marin, who became the world’s youngest serving head of government in December 2019, agreed to take the drug test on Friday, saying she had never used drugs and had seen no one at the party she attended. . read more

Marin told Reuters in January that she and her fellow young female ministers have been the target of extensive hate speech for their gender and appearance while in office.

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

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