Sanna Marin, the prime minister of Finland, revealed that she had taken a drug test after a video of her partying and dancing with friends emerged this week.
Marin said he considered calls for him to submit to a drug test “unfair” but had agreed to dispel any suggestion he had taken drugs. In the clip, which first appeared on social media this week, other revelers mention the word cocaine.
“In the last few days, there have been quite serious public accusations that I was in a space where drugs were consumed, or that I myself was consuming drugs,” Marín said at a press conference in Helsinki on Friday.
“I consider these allegations to be very serious and although I consider the demand for a drug test unfair, for my own legal protection and to clarify any doubt, I took a drug test today, the results of the which will arrive in a week.”
Marin, 36, became Finland’s prime minister in 2019 and was the world’s youngest elected government leader at the time.
She became known for combining her demanding duties as prime minister with an active social life and enjoys parties, clubs and music festivals. During the pandemic, he apologized for going to a nightclub hours after meeting his foreign minister, who had tested positive for Covid-19. She had also not taken her official mobile phone with her.
After video of her partying with friends emerged this week, she faced calls from opposition politicians and a member of her three-way coalition to take a drug test.
On Friday, Marín said he had never taken any kind of drugs “even in my teenage years.”
Asked if he knew if any of the other guests at the private event had taken drugs, he replied: “Of course, I can’t know if someone has taken something that I haven’t seen myself. The night shown in the video, I didn’t realize anyone had used it [drugs].”
Marin faced some criticism for partying at a time of multiple crises for his government, including rising tensions with Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.
Marín said she was always contactable in a crisis and “ready to work.”
“I haven’t missed a prime ministerial function because I spent time with my friends,” he said. “I think Finnish society and its resilience can support me singing and dancing with my friends.
“I personally hope that by 2022 it will be acceptable for people in such a decisive position to spend the night singing and dancing.”