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Sanna Marin drug test proves negative

The Prime Minister took the test following allegations on social media about an apparent reference to drugs on a video from a party she attended.

Sanna Marin kävelee Kesärannassa.
Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) told reporters on Friday afternoon that she had taken a drugs test. Image: Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva
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The drug test taken by Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) on Friday has shown no traces of any illegal substances, according to a statement released by the Finnish government on Monday evening.

The statement added that media outlets can obtain more detailed information on the test, the screenings performed and the way the test was carried out from the Prime Minister's Office.

Marin voluntarily took the test following allegations on social media that a reference was made to drugs on a video filmed at a party she attended some two weeks ago.

Videos of the Prime Minister dancing, singing and partying with various Finnish celebrities and public figures spread throughout social media.

During an interview with Helsingin Sanomat, Finns Party chair Riikka Purra called on Marin to take a test after allegations the Finnish word for "powder" ("jauho") could be heard on one of the clips. Marin denied there were any drugs at the party and social media users have argued the word used is "jallu" not jauho, and therefore a reference to the Finnish brandy Jaloviina.

A similar call for Marin to take a test was made on Twitter by Mikko Kärnä, an MP with her party's coalition partners the Centre Party.

Monday's press release further noted that the drug test certificate was signed by occupational health physician Paavo Halonen from Terveystalo, and that the Prime Minister covered the costs of the test herself.

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