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.

She’s Like Everyone Else

Marin is young and knows how to use social media to communicate with the people. She dresses well for her job and speaks English well enough to not embarrass us in international meetings, which Finns are always happy about.

But while she’s smart and poised, she’s not dry like a politician, and she doesn’t come from money.

When Sanna Marin’s appointment as PM was announced, an old right-wing cabinet member from Estonia immediately questioned her ability to do her job, making fun of her past as a cashier in a grocery store.

Reminds you of how people made fun of AOC’s pre-Congress bartending job, right? Hard to look more elitist and out of touch than that.

In Finland, tons of young people work at grocery stores. I did, for three years, before leaving the country. And it’s a great thing to see that people don’t have…



Taru Anniina Liikanen

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