Finland Swears In World's Youngest Head of Government
Finland has sworn in the world's youngest sitting head of government. The Nordic country's parliament confirmed 34-year-old Sanna Marin as its prime minister on Tuesday.
Marin, a Social Democrat, is set to lead a five-party coalition government. The other four parties also are led by women. All but one of the party leaders are under the age of 35.
Finland's government resigned last week after the Centre Party said it had lost confidence in Social Democrat Prime Minister Antti Rinne. Marin takes over during nationwide labor unrest and strikes.
Marin is known for her support of climate and environmental issues. She was raised in a so-called "rainbow family," headed by two women. She has told Finnish media about growing up in what she described as "modest" conditions. She has also spoken of past struggles to find her way in life, and the fulfillment she has found in politics.
She is active on social media, especially Instagram. She has posted many pictures of her private life and of her family, which includes her partner and their young daughter. On Instagram, she shared pictures of her pregnancy and of breastfeeding her daughter.
When questioned by The Associated Press during her first press conference, Marin gave an answer in English on her personal social media policies. She promised she would not change her ways.
"As I've said, I represent the younger generation," Marin told reporters in Helsinki. "I think that I'm an individual and a real person also even though I'm the prime minister. So I won't change the way I behave. But of course I will be careful of what I say" in social media postings.
After the vote confirming her appointment, Marin reacted with a small smile. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto later welcomed her and her Cabinet, which has women holding 12 of the 19 minister positions.
The timing means Marin will represent Finland at the European Union meeting in Brussels, Belgium, later this week. Finland currently holds the bloc's presidency until the end of the year.
Marin is the third woman to hold the office of prime minister in Finland. She has had a quick rise to the top level of Finnish politics. She took over as city council leader in her hometown when she was 27. She became a national lawmaker in 2015, at the age of 30.
Now, Marin is the world's youngest head of government. But she might not be the youngest for long. Thirty-three-year-old Sebastian Kurz, the former Austrian chancellor who rose to that position at age 31, is in talks to form a new coalition. The move would put him back in office as chancellor.
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1.prime minister 首相；总理
The Prime Minister has been briefed by her parliamentary aides.
2.in office 执政
During his six years in office, Seidman has often locked horns with lawmakers.
3.took over 接管
A new warden took over the prison.
4.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
5.Finland's government resigned last week after the Centre Party said it had lost confidence in Social Democrat Prime Minister Antti Rinne.
lost confidence in 对...失去信心
No wonder institutions and investors have lost confidence in the system.
I'm feeling dangerous, I have lost confidence in themselves.
6.But of course I will be careful of what I say" in social media postings.
be careful of 小心
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芬兰选出全球最年轻的现任政府领导人 。周二，这个北欧国家的议会确认34岁的桑娜·马林(Sanna Marin)当选该国总理 。
社会民主党成员的马林将领导一个五党联合政府 。其他四个政党也均由女性领导 。除了一名领导人外，其他领导人的年龄均未超过35岁 。
芬兰总理上周宣布辞职，起因是中间党表示对社会民主党(Social Democrat)总理安蒂·里恩(Antti Rinne)失去了信心 。在全国范围内爆发的劳工骚乱和罢工中，马林就任总理 。
马林以支持气候和环境问题而闻名 。她在一个所谓的“彩虹家庭”中长大，家长是两位女性 。她告诉芬兰媒体，自己是在“温和”的环境中成长的 。她还谈到了过去在生活中摸索人生方向，以及在政治中找到的成就感 。
她在社交媒体上十分活跃，尤其是Instagram 。她上传了许多私人生活和家庭的照片，包括伴侣和小女儿 。在Instagram上，她分享了自己怀孕和哺乳女儿的照片 。
在其首次的新闻发布会上，当被美联社提问时，马林用英语回答了她的个人社交媒体政策 。她答应不会改变她的做法 。
马林在赫尔辛基对记者表示：“我说过，我代表着年轻一代 。我认为我是一个个体，一个真实的人，即使身为总理也不例外 。所以我不会改变我的行为方式 。但我当然会注意我在社交媒体上的言论 。
在投票确认了她的任命后，马林以微笑回应 。芬兰总统尼尼斯托(Sauli Niinisto)随后对她和她的内阁表示欢迎，该内阁19个部长职位中，有12个由女性担任 。
这次当选意味着马林将代表芬兰出席本周晚些时候在比利时布鲁塞尔举行的欧盟会议 。芬兰目前担任欧盟轮值主席国，任期至年底 。
马林是芬兰第三任女总理 。她已经迅速上升到芬兰政界的最高层 。她在27岁时接管了家乡的市议会 。2015年，30岁的她当选国家立法委员 。
现下，马林是全球最年轻的政府首脑 。但她可能很快会被取而代之 。现年33岁的前奥地利总理塞巴斯蒂安·库尔兹(Sebastian Kurz)在31岁时升至总理一职，目前他正就组建新联盟进行谈判 。此举将使他重返总理职位 。