Meet Sanna Marin, Finland's answer to Jacinda Ardern

Finland is set to have the world's youngest Prime Minister.

Sanna Marin, 34, has been nominated by the Social Democratic Party - the largest in Finland's five-way coalition - to take over from Antti Rinne, who has resigned after losing the support of coalition partner the Centre Party

Marin first entered Parliament in 2015, and earlier this year took over as Minister of Transport and Communications. 

"We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters after narrowly defeating a rival Social Democratic candidate in a vote.

The coalition only came to power six months ago, but has been rocked by strikes across the country. 

The Prime Minister of Finland isn't the country's head of state, but leads the country's government. They're formally appointed by the actual head of state - the President - after being confirmed in a confidence vote by MPs from all parties. 

If elected, Marin will be the youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland and the youngest sitting Prime Minister in the world.

Sanna Marin.
Sanna Marin. Photo credit: Getty

The current youngest world leader is Ukraine's Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35, followed by 36-year-old North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, El Salvador's 38-year-old President Nayib Bukele and New Zealand's own Jacinda Ardern, who's 39. 

"I have never thought about my age, my gender, but things that have taken me into politics," Finnish media reported her as saying. 

Finnish politics appears to be dominated by young women at present - the Centre Party, which forced Rinne's resignation, is led by 32-year-old Katri Kulmuni; the Left Alliance by 32-year-old Li Andersson; and the Green League by 34-year-old Maria Ohisalo. The outlier in the coalition is 55-year-old Anna-Maja Henriksson of the Swedish People's Party of Finland - also a woman. 

Like Ardern, Marin is a progressive leftie. Her party - the Social Democrats - is roughly Finland's equivalent to the Labour Party. Like Labour, it has close links to trade unions, wants to cut back use of fossil fuels and backs a strong welfare system. 

Marin was raised by same-sex parents, and - like Ardern - spent her teenage years working in food preperation, specifically a bakery. 

Sanna Marin.
Sanna Marin. Photo credit: Reuters

Ardern was 37 when she became Prime Minister in 2017.

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