Who is Sanna Marin? 34-Year-Old Finnish Lawmaker to Become World's Youngest Prime Minister

A 34-year-old Finnish lawmaker is set to become the world's youngest prime minister.

Transportation minister Sanna Marin will take charge of a coalition government after being selected by her Social Democratic Party to replace outgoing Antti Rinne, the BBC reported.

Rinne quit as prime minister after one party in the coalition government said it had lost confidence in him due to the way he had handled a postal strike.

Marin will likely be sworn in this week, becoming the youngest prime minister in Finlands's history, and the youngest currently in office around the world, beating New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, 39, and Ukraine's Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35. She is the third female in the country's history to be selected for the top job.

"We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters after narrowly winning her party's vote ahead of runner-up Antti Lindtman.

Marin will head a center-left coalition of five parties—all of whom are led by women under the age of 35, with the exception of one.

The other party leaders are Li Andersson, 32, of the Left Alliance; Maria Ohisalo, 34 from the Green League; Katri Kulmuni, 32 of the Centre Party; and Anna-Maja Henriksson from the Swedish People's Party of Finland.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates state leaders who are below the age of 40.

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The world's youngest state leaders. Statista

In response to a question about here age, Marin said: "I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate."

The responsibility for choosing the new prime minister lay with the Social Democrats who won the most votes in the Finnish parliamentary elections in April this year. These elections were the first in the country where no party received more than 20 percent of the vote.

The Social Democrats were subsequently able to form a center-left coalition with the four aforementioned parties, although this did not include the populist, nationalist and eurosceptic Finns Party, which received the second largest number of votes.

Finland’s government is now led by these five party leaders. #newgeneration pic.twitter.com/vis0qB9tO8

— Tuomas Niskakangas (@TNiskakangas) December 8, 2019

After Rinne announced that he was stepping down at the request of the Centre Party, the coalition government said it would continue with its political program which has a particular focus on moving the country towards carbon neutrality, CBC reported.

"We have a joint government program which glues the coalition together," Marin said.

Marin secured her first major role in politics when she became head of the city council for her hometown of Tampere—which has a population of more than 200,000 people—at the age of just 27. Since then she has experienced a meteoric rise through the ranks of Finnish politics.

She was raised by single mother and was the first person in her family to go to university, Finnish broadcaster YLE reported.

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Sanna Marin of Finland's Social Democrats is pictured after she was elected to the post of Prime Minister in Helsinki, Finland, on December 8, 2019. VESA MOILANEN/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images

This article was updated to include an infographic.