Finland's PM Sanna Marin denies taking drugs after video leaked of her partying

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Sanna Marin - Roni Rekomaa
Sanna Marin - Roni Rekomaa

She was recently dubbed "the coolest politician in the world", but Finland’s prime minister has had to deny taking illegal drugs after videos were leaked of her dancing, drinking and singing at a raucous party.

Among the 20 or so people at the party were artists, TV hosts, an MP, a celebrity stylist and a social media influencer.

In the leaked video footage, unidentified people are heard shouting about "flour", which is a slang term for cocaine in Finland.

"I haven't used drugs, I haven't used anything other than alcohol," said Sanna Marin, 36.

Ms Marin, who has a penchant for stylish leather jackets and rock festivals, also denied seeing anyone else using drugs at the party.

"I have nothing to conceal or hide, and I haven't done anything illegal," she said.

Asked if there should be a police investigation, she added: "I still don't know that anything illegal has happened. It would hardly be a police matter then."

In December last year, Ms Marin was forced to apologise after photos of her dancing at a Helsinki nightclub until 4am were published. She had stayed out until the early hours despite knowing that she had been exposed to Covid-19.

Ms Marin refused to say how much she had drunk at the recent party, saying she had not worked out exactly how much.

She said the videos were taken a couple of weeks ago at a party, which took place in two apartments and continued in two bars.

"Even there I sang, danced and hugged my friends and drank alcohol," she said.

Her security detail were in the area but not in the apartments themselves, she told reporters on the fringes of a summer meeting of her centre-Left party.

"These are private videos and are not intended for the public," she said, before adding that she would continue to trust her friends despite the leak.

"I'm still going to be friends with my friends," she said.

Marin
Marin

Karoliina Tuominen, a radio host who was at the party, also denied anyone had taken drugs. She said it was a shame the videos had been made public and said nothing was "strange" about a "good group" of adults who were having fun.

Mikko Kärnä, a MP for the Centre Party, which is in coalition with Ms Marin’s Social Democratic Party, suggested the prime minister should take a voluntary drug test.

"Half of Finland" suspected she took narcotics because of the raucous videos, he said.

Aleksi Valavuori, a sports TV presenter, said Ms Marin was not the right leader for a country in crisis.

"Some been saying she’s cool… maybe among other teenagers," he said. "She is by far the most incompetent prime minister we ever had. Knows nothing. Please take your leather jacket and resign."

Petteri Järvinen, a security expert, told the Iltalehti newspaper that Russia could have had a hand in the leaking of the videos.

Ms Marin angered Vladimir Putin after ending decades of Finnish non-alignment to apply to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine.