COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland’s prime minister says he didn’t take drugs at a ‘wild’ party in a private home and says he did nothing wrong when partying with friends with his hair down. He added that he did not.
Videos posted on social media showed six people, including Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, dancing and mimicking the song in front of the camera. Later in the video, 36-year-old Malin kneels on what appears to be a dance floor, crosses her arms behind her head, and mimics her singing.
“I’m sorry it’s been published. I spent the night with my friends. The party, pretty wild, yes. We danced and sang,” she told Finnish broadcaster YLE on Thursday.
“I myself never used drugs or anything other than alcohol. I danced, sang, partied and did anything perfectly legal.” I wasn’t even in a situation where I knew people were doing that,” Marin said.
It is not known when the party was held, reportedly attended by Ilmari Nurminen, a member of Marin’s Social Democratic Party’s Eduskunta (parliament), and Finnish singer Alma.
Marin, who became Finland’s youngest prime minister in December 2019, spends her free time with friends like others her age and intends to remain the same person she was before.
“I hope it will be accepted. We live in a democracy and elections allow everyone to decide these issues,” she said.
Critics point out that Finland, which shares a 1,340-kilometer (832-mile) border with Russia, faces high electricity bills, among other problems from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The country recently dropped its longstanding neutral position and sought membership in NATO.
In July Marin took part in a popular Finnish rock festival. In December, she publicly apologized after she was out clubbing until 4 a.m. without her work phone. She did not test positive.