Finland’s prime minister apologizes for topless photo of influencers in official residence

Finnish leader Sanna Marin issued a public apology on Tuesday after photos of two topless influencers kissing at the prime minister’s official residence surfaced on social media.

Marin, 36, courted controversy last week when a private video of her partying with her friends was leaked on social media, prompting an outcry from opposition politicians.

After the video of the Prime Minister dancing at the party went viral, her opponents asked Marin to take a drug test over allegations that she socialized with people who used illegal drugs.

On Monday, the prime minister tested negative for drugs, a statement on the government’s website confirmed.

“A drug test taken by Prime Minister Sanna Marin on 19 August 2022 did not reveal the presence of drugs,” the statement said.

Just days later, another photo circulated by local media showed two popular women kissing while covering their bare breasts with a “Finland” sign at the prime minister’s official residence in Helsinki.

Marin confirmed that the photos were taken at her official residence in early July after she attended a music festival. She added that she had “friends” at her house who “spent the evening” and “went to the sauna”.

“In my opinion, the photo is not appropriate. I apologize for that,” she told reporters on Tuesday.

“Such a picture should not have been taken, but otherwise nothing extraordinary happened at the gathering.”

The social democratic leader, who became the world’s youngest acting head of government in December 2019, has never shied away from leisure activities. However, the recent controversy has divided Finnish society with opposition leaders claiming her behavior is “inappropriate”.

Meanwhile, women in Finland have shared videos of themselves dancing to express support for the prime minister.

Last week, while announcing she would take the drugs test, she said: “I have nothing to hide. I have never taken drugs. Personally, I didn’t do drugs, nor did I consume anything other than alcohol.

“I danced, sang and partied – totally legal stuff. And I have never been in a situation where I have seen or known about others [using drugs].”

Marin also said she was “appalled” that private videos filmed in a private room were leaked to the public.

The first video, which appears to be from Instagram Stories, showed her drinking with a group of friends, singing and dancing. In the second leaked video, Marin could be seen dancing with pop star Olavi Uusivirta at a nightclub in Helsinki.

Mr Uusivirta later clarified that “nothing inappropriate” happened between the two.

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