Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin is facing distress as videos of her dancing and partying wildly at a private party got leaked to the public.
The 36-year-old Finnish leader was captured in a two-minute video originally published on a private Instagram account singing and dancing with well-known local influencers and artists.
On Wednesday, the leaked video went viral on social media and Finnish media, arousing public concern about the young leader for combining a private life with her high-profile career.
“I Resent that these Became Known to the Public”
Sanna Marin, one of the youngest heads of state in the world who became government leader in December 2019 said she knew she was being filmed but never thought the videos would become publicly available.
“These videos are private and filmed in a private space. I resent that these became known to the public,” Marin told reporters maintaining she did not know who leaked them.
Videos implicate PM of Finland Sanna Marin in drug use allegations
Although some people praised her work hard, play hard lifestyle after the video leak, PM Marin is now facing allegations of drug use, and the public requires she take a test and make the results public.
Finnish Member of Parliament Mikko Kärnä from Marin’s coalition partner Centre Party tweeted that Marin should take a voluntary drug test and make the results public.
In defense of her conduct in the viral clips, during a press conference on Thursday, Marin vehemently denied using drugs. She insisted she only drank alcohol—but not to excess— and partied “in a boisterous way.”
“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,” she told reporters, adding that she has “nothing to conceal or hide.”
The Finnish PM further noted that at the private events, alcohol was consumed, but—to her knowledge—no drugs were taken by anyone.
Marin also insisted that her actions were completely legal, saying that she’s “danced, sung and partied and done perfectly legal things” and that she’s ready to take a drug test anytime.
Finnish PM’s affinity for partying has exposed her to trouble
It should be noted that this recent incident concerning the Finnish PM is not the first time that Marin’s affinity for partying has gotten her into trouble.
In December 2021, she was forced to apologize for going to a nightclub after coming into close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Although as PM she was required to keep a COVID-19 tracking device on her person at all times, Marin said she missed a text message instructing her to self-isolate because she had left her work phone at home.
At the time, in relation to her mistake, Marin said, “I am very sorry for not understanding that I needed to do that.”
In January, however, Marin said she and her fellow young female ministers have been targeted with extensive hate speech for their gender and appearance while in office.