Why We Love Sanna Marin

There are reasons to be a fan of the Finnish Prime Minister that have little to do with her dance moves.

Taru Anniina Liikanen


Two female leaders, Sanna Marin and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas. Image credit: FinnishGovernment, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons. Source.

Yeah, she can bust a move. Yes, she’s hot.

But that’s not the point of this story.

I’ve written four stories here about the now world-famous Prime Minister Sanna Marin of the Finnish Social Democratic Party (SDP), but this one’s going to be a little different.

Up until now, three of these stories addressed the controversies and scandals surrounding our PM. Only the first one, in 2019, was about the amazing positive aspect of the current Finnish Government: it’s a young, overwhelmingly female-led coalition.

The tide changed quickly after that, as the tabloids started making up scandals wherever they could.

My second Marin story was about her going to a bar. Then, about her wearing yoga pants. And the last one, about her singing and dancing, which made the news worldwide.

Marin makes people angry just by existing, it seems. But she deserves better.

That’s I want to go back to the vibe of my first Marin story, and tell you about why she’s great, not just explaining why she’s being dragged through the mud again by Finland’s trash tabloids.



Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.