Marin to be youngest sitting PM in the world

When Finland’s parliament votes in the next few days on the Social Democratic Party’s nomination of Sanna Marin as prime minister, the 34-year-old current Minister of Transport and Communications is likely to become the world’s youngest serving head of government. 

Currently that title is held by the 35-year-old Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who took office in May.

Marin will also become the youngest prime minister in Finnish history, as she is two years younger than the Centre Party’s Esko Aho, who became prime minister in April 1991 at the age of 36. 

Marin was asked a question about her age as soon as the result of the vote was announced at the Social Democratic Party Council in Helsinki on Sunday evening. 

“I will respond in the same way as before. I have not actually ever thought about my age or my gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate,” Marin said.

There is no official list of the youngest Heads of State or Prime Ministers, but after Marin and Honcharuk, the list of the next youngest includes North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (36), El Salvador President Nayib Bukele (38) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (39).