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Finland’s PM Sanna Marin apologises for ‘inappropriate’ pictures at residence

By Jon Henley and Charlotte Graham-McLay
Wed 24 Aug 2022

Sanna Marin has apologised for the second time in a week after a photograph of two topless women taken at a party inside the Finnish prime minister’s official residence last month was published on social media.

The picture, which has since been deleted, first appeared on the TikTok account of the model and influencer Sabina Särkkä. It shows her and another woman – not Marin – kissing while lifting up their tops, with a “Finland” sign covering their breasts.

“I think the picture is not appropriate, I apologise for it. Such a picture should not have been taken,” Marin said. She said it was taken at the residence, Kesäranta, when she invited friends round after the Ruisrock music festival on 8 July.

Marin, 36, said her guests’ names had been declared in advance to security personnel at the seaside residence, whose name means “summer shore”, in Helsinki. They had spent the evening in the sauna and on the beach, she said, but “otherwise nothing extraordinary happened”.

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