34 year old Sanna Marin, formerly the transport minister and a social democrat, is the world’s youngest ever serving prime minister.
Marin took over after the resignation of the former Prime minister, Antti Rinne, after only six months in post due to his mishandling of the situation of the postal strike leading to the loss of confidence of the Centre party.
Marin, who was elected by her party to become the youngest Nordic leader, downplayed the importance of gender in the situation, stating, “I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate, we have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.”
What proves how her country doesn’t put barriers in front of women to reach positions as high as these, is the fact that Marin leads a coalition government of five parties which are lead by women. Four of these parties are lead by ones under 35; Katri Kulmuni, 32, of the Centre Party, Maria Ohisalo, 34, of the Green Party, Li Andersson, 32, of the Left Alliance, and Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, of the Swedish People’s Party.
Marin’s government announced that it will maintain the policy program it previously announced in June, focusing on major increases in public spending on welfare and infrastructure and a pledge to make the country carbon neutral by 2035.
Finland, alongside choosing qualified people for positions of high status, has one of the world’s highest ranking education systems, as it revolves around several core principles; first and foremost, equal access to education is a constitutional right. Another important principle is that one should be allowed to choose their educative path, which should never lead to a dead end.