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Aug 18, 2022  •  21 minutes ago  •  2 minute read  •  Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin is seen in a video dancing and singing along to a song at a friend's party in a video posted on social media. Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin is seen in a video dancing and singing along to a song at a friend’s party in a video posted on social media. Photo by Visegrad 24 /Twitter

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Finland’s prime minister says she did not take any drugs during a “wild” party in a private home, adding she did nothing wrong when letting her hair down and partying with friends.

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“I’m disappointed that it has become public. I spent the evening with friends. Partied, pretty wild, yes. Danced and sang,” she was quoted Thursday as saying by Finnish broadcaster YLE.

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Finland’s Prime Minister @MarinSanna is in the headlines after a video of her partying was leaked today.

She has previously been criticized for attending too many music festivals & spending too much on partying instead of ruling.

The critics say it’s not fitting for a PM. pic.twitter.com/FbOhdTeEGw

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) August 17, 2022

“I have not used drugs myself, or anything other than alcohol. I’ve danced, sung and partied and done perfectly legal things. I have also not been in a situation where I would know that others are doing it that way,” Marin said, according to the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper.

Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin answers journalists’ questions on Aug. 18, 2022 in Kuopio, Finland before the start of the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group summer meeting. Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin answers journalists’ questions on Aug. 18, 2022 in Kuopio, Finland before the start of the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group summer meeting. Photo by MATIAS HONKAMAA/LEHTIKUVA /AFP via Getty Images

It was unclear when the party, which reportedly was attended by Ilmari Nurminen, a member of Eduskunta, or parliament, for Marin’s Social Democratic Party, and the Finnish singer Alma, was held.

Marin — who in December 2019 became Finland’s youngest prime minister ever — said she spends her free time with friends just like others her age and that she intends to continue being the same person as before.

“I hope that’s accepted. We live in a democracy and in elections everyone can decide these issues,” she said, according to YLE.

Critics have pointed out that Finland, which shares a 1,340-kilometre land border with Russia, faces high electricity prices, among other issues from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The country recently dropped its long-neutral stance and asked to join NATO.

In July, Marin attended a popular Finnish rock festival. In December she made a public apology after going out clubbing until 4 a.m. without her work phone, hence failing to be informed that she had been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. She didn’t test positive.


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