Will Finland Get World's Youngest Prime Minister?

Sanna Marin

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, who is also in her 30s, previous year became only the second elected world leader in modern times to give birth in office, joining the late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 gave birth to daughter Bakhtawar.

Ms Marin is understood to be the world's youngest leader, beating out Kim Jong-un, North Korea's dictator, who is 12 months her senior at 35.

Transport and Communications Minister Sanna Marin, 34, was chosen by her party, the Social Democrats, as leader after the resignation of current Prime Minister Antti Rinne.

"We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust", Marin said as she spoke to newsmen, parrying questions that had to do with her age.

She's previously said " I have never thought about my age or gender.

Ms Marin has had a swift rise in Finland since she became head of the city council of her hometown Tampere at the age of 27 and joined parliament in 2015.

The Social Democrats are the largest party in the country's governing coalition. She took over as the head of the Centre Party from ex-prime minister Juha Sipila in September.

Finland's last PM, Antti Rinne, who is also part of the Social Democratic party, lasted under a year as Finland's prime minister, and stepped down after he lost the confidence of the Centre party, a coalition party, over his handling of a postal strike in November.

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Swedish People's Party of Finland leader Anna-Maja Henriksson has been in Parliament for over a decade and is in her third stint as Minister of Justice.

It's not easy becoming your country's prime minister, but Sanna Marin has achieved just that at just 34.

Penttinen described Marin as a talented politician known for her leadership skills whose progressive program stresses combating climate change, protecting the country's famous social protections like healthcare and reaching out to young people.

The prime-minister-in-waiting's take was less focused on symbolism. Her predecessor, 57-year-old Antti Rinne, recently called himself a "feminist", but later resigned over accusations that he had mishandled a postal service worker strike. This includes Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is 35, and New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who is 39.

"We have a joint government program which glues the coalition together", Marin said.

Rinne says he plans to continue as the Social Democrats' leader until a party congress next summer.

Iceland's Vigdis Finnbogadottir was the first woman to be democratically elected as head of state by voters when she defeated three men for the presidency in 1980.

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