The video showed Marin mimicking a song on camera and dancing with a group of people at a party. She admitted she celebrated in a “loud” way, but said the footage was private and she was spending time with her friends.
She said she had attended the party for the past few weeks, but did not say exactly where or when. His office did not respond to a request for additional comment.
Marin’s status as a powerful young woman in a male-dominated field and her contemporary “work hard, play hard” ethos resonated with many in Finland and women beyond. post videos on social media of themselves dancing with the hashtag #solidaritywithsanna.
“I think politicians – whether they’re young women, older women, young men, older men, should have the right to disconnect and also the right to dance,” Tilly said. Metz, member of the European Parliament from Luxembourg, who posted one of these videos on Twitter.
“It is very important that politicians show that they are only human beings with emotions, with friends, also with the aim of disconnecting and having fun.”
Dr Elif Cindik, a 50-year-old psychiatrist and director of two medical centers in Munich, also posted a video of herself dancing with Christmas lights around her neck, to show that critics ‘can’t hurt us. wrong”.
“It’s not something that should hurt a woman, dancing and partying,” she said.
At the start of the week, a leaked photo showing two topless women kissing with a sign reading “Finland” covering their breasts added to the fury of the party. Marin apologized for the image, which was taken at her official residence on the Helsinki coast this summer, saying it was inappropriate.
The Prime Minister also took a drug test in a bid to end speculation about whether something more than alcohol was involved in the party which initially caused a stir in the audience.
Her office said Monday that she had tested negative.
Critics said the party was ill-timed, with Finland facing rising energy prices and its NATO bid on hold in the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine. And it wasn’t the first time Marin had come under fire for untimely partying: She issued a public apology in December after going clubbing until 4 a.m. without her work phone and missing a notification saying that she was close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid.
The latest scandal, however, seems to have had little effect on his popularity in Finland.
A survey of 1,275 Finns conducted by media company MTV Uutisten earlier this week found around 30 per cent thought Marin’s party was undermining his suitability as prime minister, while 44 per cent said they believed that his party did not affect his ability to perform his duties. prime minister and did not think it was inappropriate for a prime minister to party.
Many in the country “see that there is a gender difference here and defend Marin’s right to party,” said Anu Koivunen, professor of gender studies at the University of Turku, in the southwest of the country. “They support his right to privacy and celebration without necessarily supporting his politics or his government.”
Others lament that the scandal diverted political attention from Marin.
“It’s really sad that in this era of strong female leadership, the discussion is about the scandals and not so much about the policies they carry out,” said Fatim Diarra, leader of Naisasialiitto Unioni, the largest feminist organization in Finland.
“We don’t really discuss the big political changes that are happening in the country,” she added. “Instead, we’re talking about partying.”
Associated press and Reuters contributed.