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Finland PM Marin named among Time's top 100 emerging leaders

The annual list by the US magazine Time profiles future-shaping influencers from a variety of fields.

Kuvakaappaus Time-lehden Twitter-viestistä jossa kerrotaan Sanna Marinista.
Finland's Prime Minister was one of just six people on the list to also be featured on a cover photo. Image: Twitter, kuvankäsittely: Ilkka Kemppinen / Yle
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Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) has been named on Time magazine’s 100 Next list, an annually-published index of "emerging leaders who are shaping the future."

This year's Time100 Next list (external link) includes up-and-coming influencers from a variety of different fields, including business, entertainment, politics, sports, science, and health.

Marin is one of six people on the list for whom the magazine has also published a cover photo.

The article (external link) accompanying Marin’s inclusion was written by Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, in which she notes that Marin became PM only weeks after the first coronavirus infection was diagnosed in Finland in January 2020.

"New to the job, Sanna did not have much of a honeymoon period, but she adapted quickly. By implementing a lockdown in March and banning travel in parts of the country, Sanna helped to keep corona­virus case levels at one-fifth of the European Union average," Solberg writes.

Solberg added that Marin’s rise to become prime minister at such a young age captured global attention, but "she is not a political novice, and during the pandemic, she has proved that good leadership does not depend on age."

Also included on this year’s 100 Next list are Amanda Gorman, who recited a poem at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Black Lives Matter movement activist Jessica Byrd, and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who challenged Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential election in Belarus.

Time has been publishing the most influential list since 2019, as an expansion of the magazine’s flagship top 100 list of the world’s most influential people.

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