“I myself have not used drugs, nor anything other than alcohol,” Sanna Marin, who was appointed Finland’s youngest-ever prime minister in 2019, has told reporters, after a video that shows the 36-year old dancing and partying was leaked online.
Aleaked video has shown Finnish PM Sanna Marin dance and strike a few poses at a party, sparking controversy on social media about her leadership qualities. While some opposition politicians have called her judgement into question, others have praised her chique style – and defended her right to party. This is not the first time that Marin – a vivacious young woman who stands in stark contrast to the general image of seasoned politicians – has been associated with clubbing. In December 2021, she was filmed in a nightclub, which caused controversy about whether or not she should have been self-isolating as a result of a Covid contact.
But the real question is, could Micheál Martin or Liz Truss twirl like her?
The newly leaked video, a compilation of since-deleted Instagram clips, was first shared by Finnish tabloid Iltalehti and shows the 36-year-old drinking and dancing in a private environment. Other guests at the event, which took place “a few weeks ago” according to Marin, include two well-known TV and radio hosts, a social media influencer, a YouTuber, a stylist, Finnish singer and songwriter Alma and an MP from Marin’s Social Democratic party. And inevitably, there have been attempts to smear the Prime Minister with accusations that drugs may have been used at the party being bandied about by the opposition and on social media.
“I spent the evening with my friends, partied, even in a rowdy way, danced and sang,” Marin told reporters, adding that she was “upset” that the video, which she had expected to remain private, had been leaked. She also denied accusations that cocaine or amphetamines were used at the party, as alleged by Finnish media.
“I myself have not used drugs, nor anything other than alcohol,” she said. “Nor have I been in such a situation that I would have seen or known others [using drugs]. I was dancing, singing, partying … hugging my friends, doing totally legal things.”
Marin, who became Prime Minister in 2019 at age 34, emphasised that she had nothing “to conceal or hide” and would continue to be “the same person as I have been until now… I have free time that I spend with my friends. I’m pretty sure that’s the same as many people my age”
She added that she was willing to take a drugs test if necessary, although it is “quite unusual that something like this is required.”
While other European leaders like Micheál Martin, or the likely new British Prime Minister Liz Truss – who is battling for the leadership of the Conservative Party with Rishi Sunak – have not yet been seen on the same sort of dance-floor, Martin commented on the easing of lockdown restrictions last fall, saying that “what traditionally happens in a nightclub will happen in a nightclub.” He did not, however, specify exactly what that might entail, thereby leaving it up to our collective imagination. We are still trying to imagine Micheál sharing the floor with Marin, but the picture somehow doesn’t seem to gel.
Maybe time will tell and both Martin and Truss will emerge as proper Dancing With The Stars material. Or else, the current incumbents at No.10 Downing Street might be able to share some advice on partying. As we know, they have plenty of experience…
Finland’s Sanna Marin takes drug test after leaked dancing video
Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Friday that she took a drug test, after the publication this week of a leaked video of her dancing exuberantly at a party.
“I have taken a narcotics test today, the results of which will be available in about a week,” Marin told a press conference on Friday afternoon at her official residence Kesäranta.
“Even in my teenage years, I haven’t used any kind of drugs. I took the tests just to be sure [because of the suspicion]” she added.
One of Marin’s coalition partner MPs called for her to take a drug test Thursday, as the leaked videos reportedly included people in the background talking about cocaine.
Asked whether she’d been in a location where people were using drugs, Marin said, “Of course, I can’t know if someone has used something that I haven’t seen myself. On the night shown in the video footage, I didn’t notice that anyone had used [drugs].”
Marin brushed off questions about whether she was in an appropriate condition, given the tensions between Helsinki and Moscow, in which to “lead the country” while she was at the party. “The State Council is always functional, and meetings are not called in the middle of the night,” she said. “If you need to reach me, I am always ready to do work.”
The Finnish prime minister reiterated that she was upset the footage of the party had been publicly leaked.
Marin stressed that her partying wasn’t irresponsible. “If I had any inkling that I needed to be in the State Council to make a decision, I would not have been partying, but there was no such thing,” she said.
When asked whether she had a takeaway following the outcry, Marin said: “I would say that I personally hope that in 2022 it will be acceptable for people in such a decisive position to spend the evening singing and dancing.”
“I like to think that in the future I can go to Ruisrock or Flow festival and other events, even gigs. I hope that we can be people,” she added.