Pelin Aykin – Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said that when she takes office at the age of 34 in 2019, the measures to be taken against gender inequality will be the signature of her cabinet. She then made an “extraordinary” entrance on the world stage with a 5-party coalition government, each with a female leader. “In all the positions I’ve been in, my genre has always been the starting point,” Marin told Vogue. I am a young woman, I am neither better nor worse than a middle-aged man “, she expressed her position against prejudices. Taking steps in line with this rhetoric, Marin posed for a women’s magazine called “Trendi” in 2020 with a low-cut jacket, sparking a debate over the limits of sexism and political etiquette in the country.
However, Marin also ended the discussions by saying, “I want to focus on politics, not my appearance,” he told Trendi. Marin, who had a baby girl in 2018 with her partner for 16 years, Markus Raikkönen, married in 2020 when she was prime minister. Marin, who made a name for herself by sharing photos of her wedding to footballer Raikkönen on Instagram, even shared breastfeeding suggestions and pasta recipes on social media, unlike other world leaders. For this reason, Marin has been criticized for just “talking to the Instagram generation.” On the other hand, it is known that Marín’s most important policy is the “Equality Program”. The program includes policies that promote equal sharing of parental care responsibilities, the elimination of domestic violence, closing the gender pay gap, and improving the education of children from poorer and immigrant backgrounds.
Sanna Marin’s extraordinary political understanding and policies reflect her own life story. Facing financial problems when her parents separated when she was young, Marin was raised by her mother and partner.
It even worked in the oven
From an early age, Marín had to work in a bakery, a grocery store and a magazine distribution, while her family made a living from welfare. Marin’s relationship with the Social Democratic Party, of which he is currently the leader, began in 2006 with the affiliation. Marin was the party’s first vice president from 2010 to 2012. Marin’s entry into active politics, which he said was “enlightened” when he realized that hard work would not only benefit his own life, but also the lives of the poor and women, it actually began with defeat. Losing election to Tampere City Council at just 22 years old, Marin won the 2012 election and in a few months was promoted to chairman of the council from 2013 to 2017. During this time he was elected second vice president of the Social Democratic Party and became a Member of the Finnish Parliament from the Pirkanmaa constituency.
pink step by step
After winning a second council election in 2017, drawing public attention with YouTube videos of presidential council sessions, Marin won a second parliamentary election in 2019. Then, in June of that year, Marín took on his first high-profile job as Minister of Transport and Communications, and thanks to this position, he appeared on the world stage representing Finland at the European Union (EU) summits. Marin found himself at the forefront of politics after the crisis that erupted in the country in 2019 with the postcard strike led to the resignation of Prime Minister Antti Rinne.
He charted his way despite the threat from Russia
Some accused Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin of being too dogmatic and uncompromising in her position since 2019. Others are “21. He argued that he was nothing more than the character of “prime minister of the century.” However, Marin showed his “hard face” around the world after his handling of the Kovid-19 pandemic and his attitude towards Russia, which finally declared war on Ukraine in February. Although Russia, which has a 1340-kilometer border with Finland, threatened Helsinki not to become a member of the alliance, Marin set out for NATO. Marin, known as “the leader challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin” with this attitude, announced this week that it is in Finland’s interest for his country to apply to join the alliance “in a few days”. After NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenburg said Helsinki would be welcomed with “open arms” to the alliance, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said he would protect Finland from any Russian attack on the country. These facts showed that Marin, who was considered “young and inexperienced”, officially protected his country from a possible attack by Russia, which was allegedly planning to seize the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Sanna Marin and Markus Raikkönen have a 4-year-old daughter named Emma.
Leaving ‘Finlandization’ and heading west
Sanna Marin broke Moscow’s neutrality treaty with Russia for decades since the Winter War to invade Finland in 1939. The move represents a complete rethinking of Europe’s security architecture and marks the beginning of ‘a new phase of post-war relations. After fighting twice against the Soviet Union, once in 1939 and again in 1944, Finland lost territory in these wars, but retained its independence. During the Cold War, German scholars attributed the term “Finnishization”, which has a cynical meaning, to the policy pursued by Finland to protect its independence. At that time, Finland determined its policies in accordance with the interests of the Soviet Union, but maintained official neutrality, good relations with the West, and independence. “Finlandization” remains a political term for small countries that let their powerful and large neighbors dictate their policies. However, Finland no longer follows this policy. Although not in NATO, Finland, which has been a member of the European Union since 1995, clearly shows that it is on the West side.