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Finland's New Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34, Was Raised by Two Moms

Sanna Marin

The world's youngest leader of a nation believes that LGBTQ equality is "the foundation of everything."


Sanna Marin has made herstory in multiple respects.

The 34-year-old politician, who currently serves as Finland's minister of transport and communications, will become the youngest prime minister in the country's history when she is sworn in later this week, as well as the world's youngest leader of a nation.

In Finland, Marin will lead a coalition of five political parties -- all led by women, four of whom are in their 30s. She will be the third woman to lead the Nordic nation, following Anneli Jaatteenmaki and Mari Kiviniemi.

Marin was elected by her party, the Social Democrats, after last week's resignation of her predecessor, Antti Rinne, in the wake of criticism for his handling of a postal strike. After Marin's Sunday election, she said she "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," reports The Guardian.

Marin also comes from a rainbow family. She was raised by two mothers and is from a working-class background. The experience was a significant influence on her values, the politician told Menaiset in 2015.

"For me, people have always been equal. It's not a matter of opinion. That's the foundation of everything," Marin said.

From an early age, Marin also tackled with the stigma that comes with LGBTQ identity when she felt she could not discuss her family. "That was something that couldn't be discussed. It is only now in the 21st century that the debate on rainbow families has begun quite openly," she said.

"The silence was the hardest," she added. "Invisibility caused a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognized as a true family or equal with others. But I wasn't much bullied. Even when I was little, I was very candid and stubborn. I wouldn't have taken anything easy."

Regardless, Marin credited her family with providing her with a support system that allowed her to follow her dreams; she was the first person in her family to go to college. "My mother has always been very supportive and has made me believe that I can do exactly what I want," she said.

After Marin is sworn in, she will lead the coalition in its goals of increasing public spending on issues like welfare and infrastructure, as well as honoring Finland's pledge to go carbon neutral by 2035.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.