Written by Meher Gupta, a grade 6 student.
In December 2019 Sanna Marin officially became the world’s youngest Prime Minister, at the age of 34. She succeeded Antti Rinne as Prime Minister of Finland.
Her’s is an incredible story. She was born on 16th November in Helsinki, Finland. Her parents separated when she was very young. Growing up, she was raised by her mother and her mother’s female partner. Thus, she describes herself as coming from a rainbow family. As a child, she felt invisible to everyone else because her family was not recognized as a real family. This was due to the fact that her mother married a woman. It was wrong to consider such things, and Sanna remembers it even today. She felt that her upbringing had a deep impact on her as a politician and has always considered everyone as equal.
She graduated from Pirkkala High School in 2004, at the age of 19. She was the first person in her family to attend university. While studying, she worked in a bakery, and as a cashier. She graduated with a bachelor’s and masters’ degree in Administrative Science from the University of Tampere.
She joined the Social Democratic Youth, which is the youth organization of the Social Democratic Party, which she would go on to join later in 2006 and served as its first Vice President from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 she became the head of the city administration in Tampere. She gained popularity as the head of the Tampere city council from 2013 to 2017 through her YouTube videos which drew national attention due to her heated meetings.
She went on to be elected as an MP for the Social Democratic Party in 2015, representing the region of Pirkanmaa. She and her husband Markus Raikkononen now have a 22-month-old daughter Emma.
She was chosen by the Social Democratic party to take over from the former leader of the party Antti Rinne, former prime minister of Finland, following the criticism over the way he had handled a postal strike.
Sanna leads a coalition government headed entirely by women, who are younger than her. She has proven that young females can handle situations, not only their male counterparts . She wants to focus on climate change, equality, and social welfare.
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