'There's no trick': Finland's Sanna Marin youngest PM in world The Social Democrat leader, 34, was last week sworn in as prime minister for Finland to head a coalition government -- in which four out of five coalition leaders ...
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Marin has said that one of her biggest inspirations was the rock band Rage Against the Machine. “I have lived in a welfare state and am grateful for how society gave me support in the tough times of my life." She comes from a home with not much money, the first in her family to have a university degree. Most of the party leaders are millennials, born in the 1980s. This level of unity led to criticism, with people asking if the five parties have become too similar.
Age matters for both Social Democrats and the Centre party, both sliding in opinion polls; their voters are 70, not 30. Both have lost supporters to the nationalist Finns party, currently leading the opinion polls, along with another opposition party, the centre-right National Coalition. Some social democrats worry that the rise of a young woman as prime minister might scare away middle-aged, not-so-liberal supporters.