Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, the world’s youngest Prime Minister at 34, is now married to her longtime boyfriend and former Finnish soccer player, Markus Raikkonen. In an intimate ceremony on Saturday, Marin and Markus took their wedding vows at their residence in Helsinki.

Announced the big news to her followers on Instagram on Sunday, Marin wrote: “I am happy and grateful that I get to share my life with the man I love”.

“We have seen and experienced a lot together, shared joys and sorrows, and supported,” she added in an appreciation post about her partner. The glimpses of Marin’s wedding started pouring in on social media.

In another post, she expressed gratitude to the “wonderful women” who supported her, including her wedding photographer, who made the day “unforgettable”.

What You Should Know

  • Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin got married to her longtime partner Markus Raikkonen in a small ceremony
  • The couple had invited only 40 guests who could attend the wedding amid the pandemic
  • Marin, 34, first announced her nuptials in an Instagram post

Marin and Markus have been dating each other for 16 years now and have a two-year-old daughter. They named her Emma Amalia Marin. The couple met when they were both 18 and has been together ever since, Daily Mail reported.

Marin became the youngest Prime Minister in the history of the country as she reigned the PM office in December last year. She is also the third female Prime Minister in Finland’s history.

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The wedding had only 40 guests

According to CBS News, it was a very small wedding that took place at Kesaranta, Marin’s official residence. Only 40 guests – all close friends and family – could attend the ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Finland’s government tweeted a wedding photo captioning, “The Government congratulates the newlyweds.” The posts reflect on Marin’s stunning bridal look who chose to wear a floor-length white gown with long sleeves and Markus went with a classic tuxedo for the big day.

Marin’s ‘rainbow family’

Marin was raised by her biological mother and her female partner. In 2015, she told Menaiset that she felt “invisible” as a child because she couldn’t talk openly about her lesbian parents. “The silence was the hardest,” she said. “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.”

Talking about getting into politics, she added, “When I was in high school, I felt that the people who make politics are quite different and come from different backgrounds than I am. At that time, I didn’t think it was possible to get involved myself.” So she spent her teenage years working in a bakery. Interestingly, she became the Prime Minister of one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to LGBTQ+ equality.

She was very active on social media during her pregnancy with Emma.

Feature Image Credit: valtioneuvosto/Twitter

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