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Yle News’ All Points North podcast asks if Sanna Marin will break Finland’s curse of short-lived woman-led governments.

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Finland's new government is led by five women.

Finnish politics hit worldwide headlines this week, with the appointment of Sanna Marin as Prime Minister prompting media across the globe to pay attention.

It’s been quite exceptional for a Finnish politician. Indeed the social media analysis firm Meltwater suggests that she received more mentions on social media in one week than President Sauli Niinistö received all year.

The domestic front is also extremely challenging, with a bubbling controversy over the repatriation of Finnish citizens from Syria and ongoing tensions with Katri Kulmuni’s Centre Party over the government’s direction of ideological travel.

Marin was described by The Guardian as representing ‘a different type of leadership (siirryt toiseen palveluun)’, and had the Daily Mail trawl (siirryt toiseen palveluun) through what it described as VERY candid Instagram posts.

In this special edition of APN we try to unravel the background and implications of the last week’s events, and answer the central question we posed last week: What just happened?

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The All Points North podcast is a weekly look at what's going on in Finland. Subscribe via iTunes (siirryt toiseen palveluun) (and leave a review!), listen on Spotify (siirryt toiseen palveluun)and Yle Areena or find it on your favourite podcatching app or via our RSS feed (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

This week's show was presented by Egan Richardson and Denise Wall,and the sound engineer was Tuomas Vauhkonen.