World's youngest Prime Minister Sanna Marin describes herself as coming from a rainbow family as she is the child of same-sex parents (two women).
Marin was born on 16 November 1985 in Helsinki. Her parents split up when she was very young, the family faced financial problems and Marin's father struggled with alcoholism. After her parents separated, Marin was brought up by her mother and her mother's new female partner.
When Marin was a child, a kind of "culture of silence related to a family" caused her anxiety. Those were different times when Finnish society was not so open to diversity and did not recognize the different types of existing families. Sanna had earlier talked about feeling ‘invisible’ when she could not speak openly about her family, growing up.
Same-sex families continue to be a taboo today, although studies have time and again refuted any claims of same-sex parents having a negative impact on the child. About the challenges as a kid, Marin was quoted as saying, “The silence was the hardest. Invisibility caused a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognized as a true family or equal to 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.”
She is the first person in her family to graduate from both high school and university. Her political career began in 2013 as the City Council head of Tampere, where she currently resides with her partner Markus Raikkonen and their almost-two-year-old daughter Emma. The young leader's ability to fearlessly tackle difficult issues made her extremely popular with the citizens and resulted in a rapid rise through the ranks of her Social Democratic Party. Before the election, Ms. Marin, who has been a member of Finland's Parliament since 2015, served as the Minister of Transport and Communications.
Sanna is Well known for her progressive views, the newly-elected leader is expected to focus her efforts on climate change, equality, and social welfare. In a tweet following her election, Ms. Marin said, “Finland will not be finished in four years, but it can get better. That’s what we’re working on. I want to build a society where every child can become anything, and every person can live and grow in dignity.”