Sanna Marin, the prime minister of Finland, has expressed regret over a topless photo of visitors taken at her official residence.
She recently took a voluntary drug test, the results of which were negative, to deflect claims that she had an excessive lifestyle.
The most recent image was circulated widely on social media on Tuesday and features two well-known influencers. It was taken inside the prime minister’s mansion in July.
Marin apologized and acknowledged that “the picture is not appropriate.”
It shows two women kissing while a sign that reads “Finland” and has the appearance of being official is placed over their exposed chests.
The party at Marin’s official residence in Helsinki, Kesaranta took place after the Ruisrock music festival in July, she claimed on Monday. The image was reportedly shot in the guest restrooms downstairs, according to Finnish media.
“We had sauna, swam, and spent time together,” Ms. Marin said. “That kind of a picture should not have been taken but otherwise…nothing extraordinary happened at the get-together,” she said.
Until recently, the 36-year-old prime minister, who took office in 2019, has been the youngest PM in the world.
Her present political drama has surfaced as Finland negotiates its application to join NATO and reacts to neighboring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sanna Marin, despite criticism from some quarters of Finnish public life, has made no secret of the fact that she enjoys everyday activities like going out to a club with friends and visiting the music festival in July.
In recent weeks, however, after a video of her partying and dancing surfaced, pressure from her political rivals and peers has increased.
Sanna Marin’s drug test results
Despite her insistence that she had never used drugs and was not compromised beyond consuming a moderate amount of beer, Marin consented to submit to the drug test after leading opposition lawmakers claimed there was a “shade of a doubt” about her.
On Monday, the authorities declared that no narcotics had been discovered in her bloodstream.
Helsinki, along with several other EU nations, supports the restriction of Russian tourists’ ability to enter the country through Finland‘s extensive eastern border.
The current discoveries, however, have made Ms. Marin’s personal life the center of attention rather than her policy objectives.
The wall in the photo, according to deputy prime minister Annika Saarikko, is from the prime minister’s residence. She also suggested that the image’s portrayal of a party lifestyle did not accurately reflect the experiences of many Finns who are experiencing a crisis related to the cost of living.
But she went on to say that it was not her position to act as someone else’s “moral compass.”
The prime minister, meantime, has received a lot of respect from Finns for leading what most younger people would regard to be a regular, relatable life outside of her demanding public post.
As a sign of support, many people have posted videos of themselves dancing and having a good time on social media.
Love it! Danish women are posting videos of themselves partying while tagging Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
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