UPDATE: Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s drugs test results revealed following party video

UPDATE: Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin's drugs test results revealed following party video. Image: @eskelinen_antti/Twitter

AFTER the video played around the world, the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, took a drug test on Friday, August 19 following accusations that she used cocaine at the party. The results of which are now in.

UPDATE 11.45 am (August 23) – On Friday, August 19, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she had undergone a drug test following “serious accusations” stemming from the viral video of her partying and promised to announce the result of the test in about a week.

Late on Tuesday, August 22, the results came in.

The Finnish government said that “the drug test taken from Prime Minister Sanna Marin on August 19, 2022, has not found any drugs.”

It added: “The Prime Minister paid the costs of the test himself. The drug test statement was signed by occupational health doctor Paavo Halonen from Terveystalo.”

Speaking to the AFP news agency, Special adviser Iida Vallin said that the 36-year-old provided a urine sample which was tested for cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis and opioids.


UPDATE 4.14 pm (August 19) – Speaking at a press conference on Friday, August 19, Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, revealed that she had undergone a drug test after she was accused of taking cocaine following the leak of a video showing the Finnish PM partying with pals.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said she had undergone a drug test following “serious accusations” stemming from the viral video of her partying.

“In recent days, there have been quite serious accusations that I have used narcotics. I find these accusations very heavy and weighty. For my own legal protection, although I consider the demand for a drug test unreasonable, in order to clear such suspicions, I have taken a drug test today,” Marin told reporters.

According to Marin, the result of the test will come in about a week.

She reiterated that she was not a drug user, as reported by YLE.

“I have never used drugs in my life, not even in my teenage years. I wish we lived in a society where my word could be trusted. But when you want to raise such suspicion here, that’s why I took these tests.”

Finnish media reports suggest that Sanna Marin was no longer on summer vacation at the time of filming the party video.

It has been alleged by MTV news that the party video was shot on Saturday, August 6.

She addressed the allegations.

“Many of you have asked about these dates. I had previously been booked for a longer vacation, but since we have been informed that the presentation of the President of the Republic will be held in Kultaranta on August 4, I have announced that I will return to work at that time.”

Despite partying with friends, the 36-year-old said she fit to perform her duties as the country’s prime minister.

“My ability to function was quite good. I did not assume and was not aware of any kind of meetings, neither on Friday night, nor on Saturday during the day, nor on Sunday. On those days when it was agreed to go in advance, I was at work.”


UPDATE 5.18 pm (August 18) – Following the video that made waves around the world, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has responded.

Speaking to Finnish news outlet, YLE, the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, spoke about the leaked video of her partying which led people to question her leadership of the country.

“I’m disappointed that it has become public. I spent the evening with friends. Partied, pretty wild, yes. Danced and sang,” she told the broadcaster.

After the videos were leaked, many people believed that the prime minister had taken cocaine after reportedly hearing people in the video shouting about the drug.

“I have not used drugs myself, or anything other than alcohol. I’ve danced, sung and partied and done perfectly legal things. I have also not been in a situation where I would know that others are doing it that way,” she said.

After receiving criticism for the video, the 36-year-old added: “I want to show that ordinary people with ordinary lives work in these positions as well.

“I myself have a family life, a work life and yes, I also have free time that I spend with my friends. Pretty sure the same as many people my age.”


ORIGINAL 1.27 am (August 18) – The Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, has received criticism after a video of her partying with her friends emerged online late on Wednesday, August 17.

Thirty-six-year-old Sanna Marin, who has served as the prime minister of Finland since 2019, has come under fire after a video began circulating of her drinking and partying on social media.

Alongside a video of Finland’s PM partying, sports talk show host Aleksi Valavuori wrote: “This is the Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin. Some been saying she’s cool… maybe among other teenagers. But a responsible leader for a country in crisis?

“She is by far the most incompetent PM we ever had. Knows nothing. Please take your leather jacket and resign. Thanks.”

Another wrote: “This video features the prime minister of #Finland @MarinSanna (brunette wearing white pants & black top) in private party. Finland is suffering from record high electricity prices, lack of health care & elderly care professionals and this is how our leader is spending her time!”

“Our authoritative prime minister dances, when on the last day, the girls want to have fun, they don’t cook porridge. National debt: 134,300,130,518.10 euros,” another said.

“In Finland one of @MarinSanna’s nickname is “party/rave Sanna” one person wrote.

While another Twitter account wrote: “Finland’s 36-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin loves to party. In a new video released Wednesday, the PM is seen dancing and singing. Friends in the background can be heard shouting about cocaine.”

Not everyone on social media was quick to bash the Prime Minister.

One person said: “Finnish Prime Minster Sanna Marin proving when you work hard, you can play hard 😎👌🎉”

While another wrote: “@MarinSanna becoming a symbol of progression and I like it. If we had always asked for permission from these conservatives, there would be no female prime ministers. Proud to show this video around to my friends and colleagues.The world and “acceptable values” change.”

According to local media reports, Sanna Marin can be seen in the videos with artist Alma and her sister Anna, photographer and influencer Janita Autio, host Tinni Wikström, trumpeter Ilona Ylikorpi, radio host Karoliina Tuominen, stylist Vesa Silver and MP Ilmari Nurminen.


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Comments


    • Fernando Cruz

      19 August 2022 • 23:12

      Honestly, I don’t know the difficulties that the Finnish people go through. But one thing I can say: In Brazil, Lula and his communist party (PT) stole more than 300 million reais, the equivalent of more than 57 million euros.
      The worst thing is that there are Brazilians who still intend to vote for him. I think breakfast for 1 month at the cost of 4 thousand euros doesn’t seem so bad to me.

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    • Fernando Cruz

      19 August 2022 • 23:14

      Note: One correction. 250 million dollars.
      Here’s the source.
      https://veja.abril.com.br/coluna/felipe-moura-brasil/como-o-roubo-do-pt-chega-a-marca-do-bilhao/

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    • Not a fan

      01 September 2022 • 13:37

      The drug test was taken from urine, even though two weeks had passed since the suspected drug use. In that time, the usual party drugs disappear from the body. Everyone knew that the urine sample would be clean and therefore raised further suspicions. People then wondered why the hair test was not taken, even though it is in the guidelines, especially in areas where there is zero tolerance for drug use. The hair test would have been the only valid evidence, and since it was omitted, this raised even more suspicions. If Mss Marin had nothing to hide, why she didn’t rely on the only valid way of proving her innocence? Perhaps there was still scandal avoidance behind this. Now we have to accept this solution, even though it seems very dishonest. On second thoughts, this is less damaging than a scandal about a drug-using Prime Minister, isn’t it?

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