Sanna Marin, Finland’s prime minister, has revealed she took a drug test after a video emerged this week showing her partying and dancing wildly with friends.
Marin said she considered the calls for her to undergo a narcotics test as “unfair” but agreed to it to dispel any suggestions she had taken drugs. In the clip which first appeared on social media this week, other revelers reportedly mentioned the word cocaine.
“Over the past few days, there have been some pretty serious public accusations that I was in a space where drugs were being used, or that I had been using drugs myself,” Marin said during an interview. press conference in Helsinki on Friday.
“I consider these charges to be very serious and, while I consider the request for a drug test to be unfair, for my own legal protection and to dispel any doubts, I took a drug test today. today, with results coming in about a week.”
Marin, 36, became Finland’s prime minister in 2019 and was the world’s youngest elected head of government at the time.
She has become known for combining her demanding duties as Prime Minister with an active social life and enjoys parties, nightclubs and music festivals. During the pandemic, she apologized for going to a nightclub hours after meeting her foreign minister, who had tested positive for Covid-19. She had also failed to take her official cell phone with her.
After video of her partying with friends was released this week, she faced calls from opposition politicians and a member of her three-party coalition to take a drug test.
On Friday, Marin said she never did drugs “even during my teenage years.”
When asked if she knew if any of the other guests at a private event had taken drugs, she replied, “Of course, I can’t know if anyone has used something that I don’t. haven’t seen myself. The night shown in the video footage, I did not notice anyone using [drugs].”
Marin has been criticized for celebrating at a time of multiple crises for her government, including heightened tensions with Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. She was not on vacation at the time.
Marin said she was always reachable in a crisis and “ready to work”.
“I haven’t missed any premierships because I’ve been spending time with my friends,” she said. “I believe Finnish society and its resilience can support me singing and dancing with my friends.
“I personally hope that in 2022 it will be acceptable for people in such a decisive position to spend the evening singing and dancing.”