More On: Finland's PM
People are calling for Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin to take a drug test after leaked cellphone videos showed her dancing and partying hard with her celebrity friends.
Marin, who is one of the youngest heads of state in the world at age 36, defended her behavior in the viral videos and strongly denied taking drugs.
"I have never tried drugs or anything else besides alcohol. At a press conference on Thursday, she said, "I've danced, sung, partied, and done other things that were all legal."
The recordings, which are said to have come from a private Instagram account, show Marin and a group of friends, including Finnish musicians, TV stars, and politicians, dancing and singing.
In what looks like a private apartment, the beautiful prime minister of Finland was seen in a black tank top and white pants shaking her hips, pumping her fists enthusiastically, and making funny faces with her friends for the camera.
After the bombshell story came out, Mikko Karna, a Finnish member of parliament from Marin's coalition partner the Center Party, tweeted that Marin should take a drug test on his own and make the results public.
“The people are also allowed to expect this from their prime minister,” he wrote.
During the press conference Thursday, Marin insisted that she only drank alcohol — but not to excess — and partied “in a boisterous way.”
“I haven’t used any drugs, so it’s not a problem to take a drug test, but I also think it’s quite special that something like this is required,” she told reporters, adding that she has “nothing to conceal or hide.”
The 36-year-old European leader insisted that her actions were completely legal. Marin also said she knew she was being filmed at the social event a couple of weeks ago, but expected the recordings to remain private.
“It feels bad that they have been published,” she lamented.
Marin also said that the wild footage was shot at parties with about 20 people at two different apartments.
Alma, a Finnish singer, Petri Nygard, a rapper, Tinni Wikstrom, a TV host, and MPs from Marin's Social Democratic party were all there.
Earlier this week, the German publication Bild hailed Marin as “the coolest prime minister in the world.”
Marin's love of parties has gotten her into trouble before, so this is not the first time.
Back in December 2021, she had to say she was sorry for spending the night at a nightclub where she was close to someone who had COVID.
Marin said she missed a text message telling her to be alone because she left her work phone at home. As prime minister, she was supposed to have the phone with her at all times.
“I am very sorry for not understanding that I needed to do that,” Marin said at the time as part of her mea culpa.