Former PM of Finland Sanna Marin slammed by fans for showing off her holiday to Austrian alps – after starting new job with Tony Blair
The former prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, was slammed by fans for showing off her vacation to the Austrian Alps.
The ex-politician – who now works under Tony Blair in London’s Institute for Global Change – shared a glimpse of her trip to Austria with her 1 million Instagram followers earlier this week.
The former world leader posted a video of herself happily walking through the Austrian Alps – after also recently sharing bikini photos from her European holidays.
In the short clip, the politician – who announced she was separating from her husband after 19 years together last May – was seen wearing a black puffer coat and cat-eye sunglasses.
The mother-of-one wore her shoulder length brown hair straight and jewelery for her day of skiing.
Pictured: Former leader of the Social Democrats in Finland shared a video of her enjoying skiing in Austria
The former Social Democratic leader also shared a photo of herself enjoying lunch with a friend during their break.
Sanna is pictured wearing the same cat-eye sunglasses, a black turtleneck top and blue jeans.
In addition to posting a photo of the views of the Alps, the mother shared a video of her taking a break from snowboarding and sitting on top of the slopes.
She captioned the post: “A few days in the Austrian Alps.”
The post has amassed more than 60,000 ‘likes’ since it was posted earlier this week – prompting a select few followers to comment on how much Sanna has been traveling recently.
“All she (does) is travel,” one replied.
Meanwhile, another argued that Sanna’s travels were ‘a bit hypocritical if you claim to care about the environment’.
“Tell us how many tons of CO2 you produced by traveling to a different continent almost every week,” said a third. “It doesn’t look very sober, especially for a left-wing green leader.”
The former Social Democrat leader also shared a photo of herself enjoying lunch with a friend during their break
In addition to posting a photo of the views of the Alps, the mother shared a video of her taking a break from snowboarding and sitting on top of the slopes
The post has amassed more than 60,000 ‘likes’ since it was posted earlier this week – and asked a select few followers to comment on how much Sanna has been traveling recently
However, a fourth said: ‘Coolest PM ever!’
“Get back to politics,” fifth pleaded.
Sanna lost the general election in Finland to the country’s conservative party leader Petteri Orpo in April 2023.
Marin, the world’s youngest prime minister when she took office in 2019, faced criticism in Finland for her party and her government’s spending on pensions and education.
Sanna enjoyed a fun summer where she ditched jackets and suits for chunky heels and mini skirts.
Last year she went to Paris Fashion Week, where she took a prime seat at Victoria Beckham’s show – in one of VB’s dresses.
She shared a series of glamorous selfies from behind the scenes of the A-list event, which was attended by Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Pamela Anderson, David Beckham and Eva Longoria.
Former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin shared a photo of herself in the Swiss resort of Davos with Tony Blair and Moldovan Prime Minister Dorin Recean on Instagram today
Former Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin shared photos from her recent travels, including relaxing on a European beach
Sanna also appeared to visit Notre Dame with Finnish MP Ilmari Nurminen (left), a fellow Social Democratic Party MP described by Marin as her ‘bestie’, and dentist friend Aapo Hettula (right)
She shared a series of glamorous selfies from behind the scenes of the A-list event, which was attended by Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Pamela Anderson, David Beckham and Eva Longoria. Pictured with Anna Wintour
Last month she went to Paris Fashion Week, where she took a prime seat at Victoria Beckham’s show
Wearing bright red lipstick and trendy £1,024 Victoria Beckham dress, she looked more like an influencer than a politician.
She also shared behind-the-scenes photos and videos at the show (to her one million followers), including various details of sleek black outfits – including one suit she paired with trainers because she ‘loves to walk’.
The new foray into glamourous life came at the end of a long year for Sanna, who was at one point the youngest leader of a nation, taking high office in 2019 aged just 34.
She stepped down from her role as chairman of the centre-left Social Democrats earlier this year, after her party narrowly lost an election in April.
She has since joined Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change, a London-based policy think tank, as a ‘strategic adviser’.
Announcing their split, the couple – who have a five-year-old daughter together – said: ‘We are grateful for 19 years together and our beloved daughter. We will remain best friends.’
Sanna – who lost the Finnish general election and is divorced from her husband – also enjoyed a fun single girl summer, ditching jackets and suits for chunky heels and mini skirts
She weathered several publicity storms while in office, including about her nightclubbing during the pandemic, hosting private parties at her official residence and voluntarily taking a drug test
After her tumultuous spring, she took some time to enjoy herself, and was spotted at Flow, a music festival in Helsinki, in August. She was joined by a group of friends, including fellow MP Nasima Razmyar.
In another post, she explained how this is her first holiday ‘in a while’. “This summer I had a proper summer vacation for the first time in a while,” she wrote.
‘This included, among other things, being busy with (her five-year-old daughter) Emma, sports, friends, good food and unforgettable trips.
Have a great summer everyone. And thanks to those who work and take care of us in the summer!’.
After guiding her country through COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent economic turmoil, Marin became a vocal supporter of Ukraine after Russia’s invasion last year and successfully pushed for Finland’s military non-alignment in favor of NATO membership to end
While many called her a millennial inspiration who encouraged younger people to be less apathetic towards politics, she remained a controversial figure in Finland.
Finnish voters worried about issues such as immigration and a growing public deficit in April handed Marin a narrow defeat to the right-wing National Coalition and the far-right Finns Party, causing the government to fall.
She has weathered several publicity storms while in office, including about her nightclubbing during the pandemic, hosting private parties at her official residence and voluntarily taking a drug test – which came back negative – after a party video was leaked to the media.
Numerous complaints were lodged with Finland’s Chancellor of Justice, Tuomas Pöysti, after Sanna was shown dancing and partying with friends and celebrities, making headlines worldwide.
But the chancellor, an independent office responsible for overseeing the legality of government activities and to which any citizen can submit complaints, concluded that Sanna had not failed in her duties as prime minister.
Pöysti said there was ‘no reason to suspect the prime minister of illegal actions in the performance of her duties or of neglecting her official duties’.
At the time of the scandal, Marin said she was spending “an evening with friends” and that the videos were “filmed in private premises”. ‘I am human. And sometimes I long for joy, light and fun among these dark clouds,’ she said.
Complaints to the chancellor claimed that Marin was unfit to work ‘due to alcohol consumption’, claimed her behavior was inappropriate for a prime minister and that she was undermining Finland’s ‘reputation and security’.
But the chancellor said the complaints failed to establish that Marin neglected or compromised a “specific official duty.”