Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin marries 16-year-old partner Markus Raikkonen

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin has married longtime partner Markus Raikkonen.

The couple, both 34, who share two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Emma Amalia Marin, have been together for 16 years after meeting at the age of 18.

Their wedding yesterday took place at Kesäranta, Ms Marin’s official residence, and attended by 40 guests made up of close friends and family.

Ms Marin shared a cute photo with her new husband on Instagram, writing in the caption, “Yesterday we thought I will.

Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin married longtime partner Markus Raikkonen in intimate ceremony

“I am happy and grateful to be able to share my life with the man I love. We have seen and experienced a lot together, shared joys and sorrows, and we have supported each other in the depths and in the storm.

“We lived together in our youth, grown up and aged to our beloved daughter. Of all the people, you are right for me. Thank you for being by my side.

Ms Marin, who heads the country’s center-left government, looked stunning in an ethereal off-white floor-length gown with long sleeves.

She wore her long brown locks in a half-up, half-down style, with a floating veil pinned to the back of her hair.

Ms Marin shared a cute photo with her new husband on Instagram, thanking him for being 'by her side'

Ms Marin shared a cute photo with her new husband on Instagram, thanking him for being “by her side”

Her bouquet consisted of cream peonies and foliage, while her groom – a former Finnish association football player – looked stylish in a classic tuxedo.

The couple looked very much in love as they posed by a lake and in the lush grounds of the Helsinki Residence.

Their permanent home is in the Kaleva district of Tampere, but during the 2020 pandemic they resided at the official residence of the Prime Minister.

In less than two hours, Ms. Marin’s Instagram post recorded nearly 85,000 likes, and many more users sent their good wishes.

Sanna Marin, pictured with her husband Markus Räikköne

Sanna Marin, pictured with her husband Markus Räikköne

Sanna Marin, pictured with her husband Markus Räikköne. Their permanent home is in the Kaleva district of Tampere, but during the 2020 pandemic they resided at the official residence of the Prime Minister.

Ms Marin, a social democrat who has been a prolific user of social media and a strong advocate for environmental issues, became Prime Minister of Finland in December.

At the time, she was the world’s youngest serving head of government – a title she lost weeks later with the return to power of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who will turn 34 later this month. .

Earlier this year, Ms Marin, an MP since 2015, announced her intention to give fathers the same amount of paid parental leave as mothers in order to promote equality and increase birth rates.

Paternity leave for new fathers is expected to be extended to almost seven months, like maternity leave.

Finland's center-left government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin (pictured), has revealed plans to give fathers the same amount of parental leave as mothers

Finland’s center-left government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin (pictured), has revealed plans to give fathers the same amount of parental leave as mothers

According to Finnish media, Ms Marin was raised in a “rainbow family” by her mother and female partner.

She lived in Espoo and Pirkkala before moving to Tampere, where she became the first person in her family to attend college.

Millennial ‘Instagram Generation’ politician, during her rise to success in politics, Ms. Marin retraced her pregnancy journey on her Instagram page, sharing selfies of her pregnancy bump and even a breastfeeding photo. candid.

She also shared poolside photos from a romantic vacation in Italy in July 2017, during which she and Markus traveled to Portofino, Rome, Sardinia and Veneto, and snaps from Pride events, where she has shown support for same-sex unions.

In 2015, Ms Marin told the Menaiset website that as a child she felt “invisible” because she was unable to speak openly about her unconventional family.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (second from right), 34, poses with Minister of Education Li Andersson (left), 32, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (second from left), 32, and Minister Home Secretary Maria Ohisalo (right), 34, after Finland's new government was formed in December

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (second from right), 34, poses with Minister of Education Li Andersson (left), 32, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni (second from left), 32, and Minister Home Secretary Maria Ohisalo (right), 34, after Finland’s new government was formed in December

“The silence was the hardest part,” she said. “The invisibility created a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognized as a real family or on an equal footing with others. But I was not very intimidated. Even when I was little, I was very straightforward and stubborn. I wouldn’t have taken anything easy.

She also admitted that she never expected to get into politics, telling the publication: “When I was in high school, I felt that people who do politics are quite different and come from different horizons than mine. At that time, I didn’t think it was possible to get involved myself.

Ms Marin, who spent her teenage years working in a bakery, added that her mother had always been very supportive and made her believe that she could do whatever she wanted.

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