Good morning, we’re currently packing our bags and moving to Finland where girls really do run the world. Well, as close as any country has gotten to Beyonce’s wishful thinking anthem, anyway.
Former transport minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin, has been named the country’s new Prime Minister, making her the youngest PM in the world, beating Ukraine’s 35-year-old Oleksiy Honcharuk and New Zealand’s 39-year-old Jacinda Ardern.
But that’s not all. In her new role, Marin will be leading a centre-left coalition made up of four other parties – wait for it – all of which are led by women – there’s more – and three out of four of those women are under 35.
In fact, the country elected its first female prime minister in 2003 and women now make up 47 per cent of Finland’s parliament.
Finland is so progressive that a political-science professor in Helsinki was shocked about the attention Marin’s gender received worldwide upon her election, aptly telling the Times, “Nobody has been calling me when there are young male party leaders.”
As for what Marin thinks of being the country’s third female Prime Minister and the youngest in the world? She’s a bit confused about all the fuss too, actually.
“I have never thought about my age or gender,” Marin told reporters when asked questions about her age. “I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”