You may know Sanna Marin as the politician set to be world’s youngest prime minister at the age of 34, of Finland. But that is not all. From being raised in an unconventional family to becoming a mother herself, there is much more that has influenced her journey.
Raised in a same-sex family
Marin, born in 1985, in Helsinki, was brought up in a ‘rainbow family’ by her mother and female partner. She had earlier talked about feeling ‘invisible’ when she could not speak openly about her family, growing up.
Same-sex families continue to be a taboo today, although studies have time and again refuted any claims of same-sex parents having a negative impact on the child. About the challenges as a kid, Marin was quoted as saying, “The silence was the hardest. Invisibility caused a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognised as a true family or equal with others. But I wasn’t much bullied. Even when I was little, I was very candid and stubborn. I wouldn’t have taken anything easy.”
Marin spent her teenage years working in a bakery. She was also the first in her family to go to university. Her mother had always been supportive of her choices, she had said.
Becoming a parent
Marin, mother to a 22-month-old daughter Emma Amalia Marin, also actively documented her journey through pregnancy and motherhood on social media, from sharing pictures of her baby bump to that of breastfeeding and spending time with the child as a working mother, influencing many other mothers in the process.