EP Inspiring Leader of the month: Sanna Marin

Sanna Marin

Sanna Marin is The Education Post’s Inspiring Leader of the month. Everything you want to know about the world’s youngest prime minister

Why it matters

Becoming prime minister at the young age of 34 for a woman may not be a big deal for the Finnish people. But for a lot of countries where conventional societies consider women as ‘something’ to be oppressed, it matters. Sanna has become an inspiring personality for women in low-income countries and middle-income countries to get engaged more in the democratic process

On Tuesday 10 December 2019, the President of the Republic appointed Finland’s 76th Government. Indeed, that’s truly an inspiring day for women across the world.

At the young age of 34, Sanna Marin became the Prime Minister of Finland on Dec 10. All you want to know about Sanna Marin

At 34, She is now the world’s youngest prime minister

Marin was born on 16 November 1985 in Helsinki, and graduated from the Pirkkala High School in 2004

She got her Masters in Administrative Sciences from University of Tampere in 2017

Marin joined politics in 2006 with Social Democratic Youth and became its first Vice President

In 2014, Marin was elected second deputy chairperson of Social Democratic Party

At the age of 30 she arrived at the Finland Parliament from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa

Since entering Parliament in 2015, she has been a celebrity leader in Social Democratic Party

Marin became the Minister of Transport and Communications in June 2019

Her colleague Antti Rinne was widely criticised within the coalition government over the way he handled a strike by postal workers, and she had to resign from the post of Prime Minister

Sanna Marin appeared to be the natural choice to succeed Anti Rinne

Marin leads a government that is young with other four parties led by women

12 out of 19 ministers in the cabinet are women

After took office on Tuesday, Sanna Marin said, “we want to build a society that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.”

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