Finland’s prime minister is under fresh scrutiny today after video that shows the married mother-of-one dancing intimately with a man in a night club emerged.
The footage, which is circulating on social media, shows 36-year-old Sanna Marin in Klubi night club around 4am on August 7 with her arms around a man who – according to Finnish media – is singer-songwriter Olavi Uusivirta.
The pair can be seen swaying hip-to-hip as Uusivirta brings his face close to Mrs Marin’s neck and holds his hand in the small of her back.
It comes just a day after Ms Marin was forced to deny using drugs when videos taken earlier the same evening emerged showing her dancing with friends inside a house while someone in the background yells ‘flour gang’.
‘Flour’ is Finnish slang often used to refer to cocaine. Ms Marin flat-out denied doing anything illegal, and claimed to have no idea why someone had shouted the term.
Sanna Marin is under renewed pressure today over a wild night out earlier this month after footage emerged showing her dancing intimately with a mystery man in a nightclub
Ms Marin, who is married and has a four-year-old daughter, was said to have danced with three different men and then sat in the laps of two male companions, according to witnesses
Ms Marin is seen in white jeans (centre) dancing with friends at Klubi, an upmarket nightclub attached to a restaurant complex in central Helsinki
Speaking to Finnish outlet Seiska, witnesses who were at Klubi when Ms Marin and her entourage rolled up around 2.30am Sunday said she was seen dancing in the same manner with ‘several’ men.
Those with her were said to include Finnish singer-songwriter Alma and TikTok influencer Sabina Sarkka.
One witness said: ‘Sanna danced intimately with at least three different men.
‘She also sat on the laps of two different men. She placed her hand next to one man and he held her gently by the arm.’
Another added: ‘My friends and I wondered if she is really still married. The ring still seemed to be there.’
Outlet Iltalehti, which spoke to more witnesses,
Seiska added that Ms Marin had stayed in the club until at least 4.30am before going home to recover.
After a brief recovery day, she then did a number of press interviews on the Monday morning during which her voice was noticeably hoarse.
The episode of partying took place just after Ms Marin had returned from holiday.
However, Finnish press reports that she was technically on duty that weekend having told her defence minister – who assumes her most-serious responsibilities while she is away – that her services were not needed.
Ms Marin has, in the past, made a virtue of her ‘normal’ lifestyle – but the partying videos have deeply divided public opinion.
While some have backed Ms Marin’s assertion that she has a right to let her hair down just as anyone else does, others have suggested it is irresponsible at a time when the country is in a standoff with Russia over joining NATO.
Commentators in the national press have also argued that such behaviour would be unbecoming of any national leader, no matter the circumstances.
Giving more details on the wild night yesterday, Marin said that the evening had been spent in two separate flats with about twenty people, before they headed out into town and went to two bars.
The leaked video was taken from the Instagram stories of a private account and appears to show Finland’s prime minister and her group of Finnish celebrity friends completely unguarded.
Among the public figures seen in the video are Finnish singer Alma and her sister Anna, rapper Petri Nygard, TV host Tinni Wikstrom, photographer and influencer Janita Autio, radio host Karoliina Tuominen, as well as MPs from her own Social Democratic party.
Finland’s glamorous Prime Minister Sanna Marin has been seen dancing wildly and partying hard with a group of celebrity friends after video was leaked online
The release of the raucous video comes just months after Marin was forced to apologise for going out clubbing till 4am after coming into contact with a Covid-19 case
Marin pictured ready to party at the Flow festival in Helsinki with photographer and influencer Janita Autio – who was featured in the party video – on the latter’s Instagram account
The fun-loving video has drawn criticism within Finland by those who consider the behaviour inappropriate for a world leader, especially in a time of national emergency, with Finland ending its historical neutrality to join NATO and grappling with a belligerent Russia.
At one point a man swishes what appears to be an alcoholic drink past the camera as the beat drops and Marin and her friends dance wildly.
A little earlier in the video, someone can be heard shouting that ‘damn this is going to be a good feeling’.
Marin was dubbed ‘the coolest politician in the world’ by German tabloid Bild just this week for her relaxed and down-to-earth style of leadership which some critics have slammed as ‘careless’.
The paper described her as ‘relaxed, modern and self-confident’ but it added that she ‘can also party’.
Marin belongs to the ‘cool generation’ which Putin really doesn’t like, Bild wrote.
Despite the incoming flak for the young prime minister, there are also those who see the video as giver her a potential popularity boost for behaving the way many young people do.
The embarrassing video comes just months after Marin was forced to apologise for going out clubbing till 4am after coming into contact with a Covid-19 case.
She came under criticism for missing the text telling her she needed to isolate because she had left her work phone that, as prime minister, she should have had on her at all times at home.
Back in December as Omicron rocked Europe, Marin was seen enjoying a Saturday night out at the Butchers nightclub with friends.
Sanna Marin pictured today answering media questions as the news of the video leak spread. Picture taken before the start of the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group summer meeting
However, hours earlier she her Foreign Minister who had had been in close contact with tested positive for Covid. Initially Marin claimed that she did not need to isolate as she was fully vaccinated.
But because she had left her prime minister’s phone at home, she missed the instructions from her own government that she did need to stay home.
She came under fierce criticism for this mishap, with people wondering what would have happened had there been an emergency.
In a statement on Facebook, she said: ‘I am very sorry for not understanding that I needed to do that.’
She was spotted at the nightclub at midnight with her husband Markus Räikkönen and their friends, where she drank Heineken beer and danced.
An eyewitness told the local newspaper: ‘[Marin] sat down with friends and it seemed fun. I noticed that Sanna was a little disturbed by people staring.
‘At the end of the evening, the party surrounded the Prime Minister so that she could be more at ease.’
Marin’s Instagram lifestyle and celebrity friendships attracted the criticism of Sweden’s largest morning newspaper Dagens Nyheter after the nightclub incident.
Columnist Saga Cavalli wrote that Marin ‘seems to love surrounding herself with celebrities and likes to pose on social media,’ and described it as ‘celebrity ass licking’.
According to the author, there is a problem if politicians feel that chasing likes on social media is more important than their weighty political positions.
In Sweden, similar ‘celebrity ass licking’ has largely been spared, or at least it has been kept secret, he wrote.
Premier Sanna Marin, 36, was seen enjoying a night out at the Butchers nightclub with friends on Saturday – so much so that she did not leave until 4am
Marin became one of the youngest world leaders and Finland’s youngest ever when she assumed the role of prime minister at the age of 34 in 2019.
She is part of an emerging trend of female leaders emanating from Scandinavia, which includes Katrin Jakobsdottir of Iceland, Magdalena Andersson of Sweden, Mette Frederiksen of Denmark and also Kaja Kallas of Estonia.
The all-female leaders hail from countries in Scandinavia and the Baltics which are staring down Russian warmonger president Vladimir Putin at a time of intensely heightened international tension.
Marin and her Estonian counterpart Kaja Kallas have called for an EU-wide visa ban on Russian citizens as part of the latest prong in the economic war being fought against Putin.
Finland is already planning to slash the number of visas it issues to Russians, with the land border between the two countries being one of the few entry points into Europe for Russians after a string of Western countries closed their airspace to Russian planes.
Not your average stuffy politician! Finnish PM Sanna Marin, 36, seen dancing wildly in leaked video leads Pride events after being raised by two mothers, posed ‘topless’ on fashion magazine cover and still goes clubbing
Sanna Marin has broken down several barriers since she became Finland’s prime minister in 2019 when she was just 34 years old.
At the time, the daughter of a female same-sex couple became the youngest world leader and the Scandinavian country’s third female prime minister.
But while Finnish opinion polls for Marin’s coalition government remain steadily positive, some people have raised questions about the mother-of-one’s ‘partying’ lifestyle.
Sanna Marin, 36, became the prime minister of Finland in 2019 when she was just 34 – and while her approval ratings are strong, people have questioned her ‘partying’ lifestyle
Marin is often spotted out and about with her husband Markus Räikkönen
After a video surfaced of Marin, who shares a daughter Emma Amalia Marin with her husband Markus Räikkönen, dancing with some celebrity friends while music blared in the background, the PM received criticism for her antics.
Included in the group of revellers was Finnish singer Alma and her sister Anna, rapper Petri Nygard, TV host Tinni Wikstrom, photographer and influencer Janita Autio, radio host Karoliina Tuominen, as well as MPs from her own Social Democratic party.
The video comes just eight months after Marin was forced to apologise for going out clubbing after coming into contact with a Covid-19 case.
Pictured out in Helsinki with her friends last December, she did not have her official phone on her, which was where she received the notification she needed to isolate.
In 2020, she became the subject of controversy and was accused off posing ‘topless’ by her critics after appearing on the cover of Finnish fashion magazine Trendi wearing a black blazer without a top underneath.
The the politician’s outfit choice was branded ‘inappropriate’ by some social media users after a snap of her wearing the jacket with a deep neckline, and without a blouse underneath, was shared on the magazine’s Instagram account.
One suggested the outfit ‘eroded’ her credibility, while another commented: ‘Yeah a real role model. It would have been better in the darkest of clouds. Ridiculous that the breasts of a woman appear in two without a blouse. Someone with taste and sense of style.’
But Marin’s outraged fans were quick to show their support and rally behind her, launching the hashtag #imwithsanna and sharing photographs of themselves posed in similar ensembles to the prime minister’s.
Bild described her as ‘relaxed, modern and self-confident’ but it added that she ‘can also party’.
In 2015 Ms Marin told the Menaiset website that as a child she felt ‘invisible’ because she was unable to talk openly about her unconventional family.
Marin got married to Markus in August 2020 and posted a photo on Instagram of the pair on their wedding day
Ms Marin appears to have a sweet tooth, having shared fun photos of her tucking into ice cream and candy floss
‘The silence was the hardest,’ she said. ‘Invisibility caused a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognised as a true family or equal with others. But I wasn’t much bullied. Even when I was little, I was very candid and stubborn. I wouldn’t have taken anything easy.’
She also admitted that she never expected to get into politics, telling the publication: ‘When I was in high school, I felt that the people who make politics are quite different and come from different backgrounds than I am. At that time, I didn’t think it was possible to get involved myself.’
Ms Marin, who spent her teenage years working in a bakery, added that her mother has always been very supportive and made her believe she could do anything she wanted.
While Marin has criticised the person who leaked the video, she is known for sharing some snippets of her personal life with the public on her Instagram account – including trips with Markus and lavish events where she shows off her glamorous side.
Earlier this summer Marin donned a sequinned dress and teamed up with photographer and influencer Janita Autio to let down their hair at the Flow Festival in Helsinki, where it’s thought she took to the stage.
She also knows how to rock a ballgown and is often pictured on the red carpet at events with Markus.
Just two months ago Marin headed up the Pride parade in Helsinki – a cause important to her after being raised by two mothers.
The mother-of-one wore a white dress with pink embroidery in an Aztec-style as she waved rainbow flags and walked through the streets of Helsinki.
However, while she certainly knows how to party, Marin used her Instagram account to set a good example during the Covid pandemic, posting photos of herself meeting friends outside while socially distanced.
She also posts about honest aspects of motherhood, sharing a photo of herself breastfeeding Emma when she was a baby.
The mother-of-one uses her Instagram account to post photos which show an honest account of motherhood, including feeding time
Ms Marin was born in Helsinki and lived in Espoo and Pirkkala, before moving to Tampere, where she became the first person in her family to go to university. Pictured on a holiday to Italy in July 2017
In May this year, Marin visited Kyiv where she met with Volodymyr Zelenskyy while Ukraine was under attack from Russia.
She posted a photo of herself alongside the Ukrainian President on Instagram and wrote: ‘Finland and the wide international community condemn Russia’s offensive war against Ukraine, which blatantly violates the UN Constitution, international law and the jointly agreed basic principles of European security.
‘We must extend support for Ukraine, while we continue to extend sanctions against Russia.’
Marin rose to the top job after she was elected as the new leader of Finland’s centre-left Social Democratic party.
Previously assuming the role of the transport minister Helsinki-born Marin narrowly beat rival Antti Lindtman to take over the role from incumbent Antti Rinne.
The mother-of-one was first elected to the City Council of Tampere in 2012 and became its chairperson in 2013 – a role she held until 2017, when she was re-elected.
In 2014 she was elected second deputy chairperson of the Social Democratic Party and in 2015 she was voted into the Parliament of Finland from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa.
During her rise to success in the political field she charted her pregnancy journey on her Instagram page, sharing selfies of her baby bump and even a candid breastfeeding shot.
She’s also shared poolside shots from a romantic holiday to Italy in July 2017, during which she and Markus travelled to Portofino, Rome, Sardinia and Veneto, and snaps from Pride events, where she showed her support for same-sex unions.
And Marin appears to have a sweet tooth, having shared fun photos of her tucking into ice cream and candy floss.
After the video of Marin’s latest party antics surfaced, an MP from the Centre Party, Marin’s coalition partner, took to Twitter urging the mother-of-one to take a drugs test.
Marin, 36, responded to the request in a press conference on Thursday morning and explained her night out had taken place at two bars before the group of around 20 friends headed to someone’s apartment.
She also agreed to take a test because she had ‘nothing to hide’.
She told reporters: ‘I haven’t used any drugs, so it’s not a problem to take a drug test, but I also think it’s quite special that something like this is required.’