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Finnish PM defends dancing, takes drug test to clear herself

Published:Friday | August 19, 2022 | 12:03 PM
Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin holds a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, August 19, 2022. Marin, who in December 2019 became Finland’s youngest prime minister ever, said Friday she has taken a drug test “for her own legal protection” after a video was leaked of her at her private party dancing and mimicking singing. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Friday she has taken a drug test “for her own legal protection” after a video was leaked of her dancing and lip-syncing songs at a private party.

Marin defended her actions, saying she drank alcohol with friends but did not do any drugs.

A video posted on social media Thursday shows six people at a party dancing and lip-syncing a song, including Marin.

Later in the video, the 36-year-old prime minister is on her knees dancing while lip-syncing.

“I have taken a drug test for my own legal protection, the results of which will come in about a week,” Marin told a news conference Friday, according to the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper.

Speaking in English, Marin, the Nordic country's youngest-ever prime minister, said she didn't have any government meetings that weekend and “I had some time off and I spent it with my friends. And I didn't do anything illegal.”

It was unclear when the party was held.

But the video was posted online after Finland Wednesday decided to limit the number of visas issued to Russians beginning September 1, amid a rush of Russian tourists bound for Europe.

Normally there's about 1,000 visa application appointments in Russia each day, according to the Finnish government, but that number will soon be limited to 500 a day.

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