Sanna Marin, Finland’s 34-year-old transportation minister, is about to become the world’s youngest prime minister.
Marin, narrowly won over Antti Lindtman, the 37-year-old chairman of the Social Democratic Parliamentary Group, in a vote of 32-29 on Sunday.
Sanna Marin is expected to be sworn in this week and will lead a centre-left coalition of five parties all headed by women
The prime minister-elect told reporters that she has “a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust”
“I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate,” she further stated.
The five major parties in Finland’s parliament are now all led by women, four of whom are in their 30s: Li Andersson, 32, is the leader of the Left Alliance; Maria Ohisalo, 34, leads the Green League; the Centre Party is led by Katri Kulmuni, 32; and Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, is leader of the Swedish People’s Party of Finland.