The Youngest Prime Minister of Finland
Sanna Marin, who is 34-years-old, has been in office for almost an entire year as Finland’s youngest prime minister. She’s the head of a coalition government that consists of 5 women. She states that she represents a younger generation and that she often welcomes the attention of international media as it’s an opportunity to show the world who the Finnish people are.
It’s believed that feminism comes with age in Finland. Back in 1906, Finland was the first country in the world to allow full voting and parliamentary rights to women. Other Western nations didn’t reach this step until after World War I. Just a year later, 19 women were elected into parliament. In 2000, Finland had its first female president, Tarja Halonen, along with its first female prime minister, Anneli Jaatteenmaki, in 2003.
In 2019, Sanna Marin was elected to take over Antti Rinne’s place as prime minister after much criticism regarding the way he handled a postal strike in the country. This made Marin the youngest leader of the country.
Quickly Springing into Action
Shortly after she arrived in office as PM, Marin had to make important decisions regarding global crises. Finland didn’t hesitate to restrict movements within the country, but they also prompted the Emergency Powers Act, which was last used in World War II to give power to the government to regulate wages and also require compulsory manpower placement to procure labor.
This strategy helped place Finland alongside Taiwan, Germany, and New Zealand in terms of handling the crisis, which leads to thoughts of females doing the job better.