Finland Elects the World’s Youngest Prime Minister at 34 Years Old



Jessica Vieira, Writer

On December 10th, 2019, Sanna Marin was elected the Prime Minister of Finland at just 34 which makes her the world’s youngest Prime Minister. A couple of world leaders are close to Marin in age, with Ukraine’s Prime Minister at 35, and New Zealand’s at 38. Despite this, Sanna Marin has accomplished what many politicians haven’t. 

Marin graduated at the age of 19 from high school in 2004; She then graduated from the University of Tampere with a masters in administrative sciences in 2017. Marin joined the Democratic Youth 2006 and served as its first Vice President from 2010 to 2012. She became active in politics in 2012, as she was elected to the city council of tampere that year at 27 years old. From then on Marin has been politically active in both her public and private life, remaining engaged throughout the years leading to her promotion to Prime Minister.

Marin held her first political post at age 27, and was head of the city council in Tampere, Finland. Along with this, Marin has accomplished so much more. She is currently the Minister of Transport and Communications. She is also the leader of Finland’s Social Democratic Party. This party has 42 seats and has set many fundamental policies of the Finnish society. It’s also the oldest active political party in Finland. 

Finland leads a center left government, and have a parliamentary representative democracy, which a representative democracy in which political power is vested in an elected legislature, but the executive and legislative branches aren’t seperate. Said elected legislator appoints a prime minister. The prime minister then appoints the remaining members of the government with the consent of the president. Along with this accomplishment, Finland has its own noteworthy accomplishment. There are five main political parties, and all five are led by women. This makes Finland one of only 29 countries in the world to be female-led. 

Despite all the attention Marin has gotten because of her achievements as a young woman in office, at a press conference, the BBC report, she said that “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.”