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PM Marin hopes for "better times ahead" in Christmas message

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio sent peaceful Christmas wishes to the nation via a photo on Twitter.

In her Christmas message, PM Sanna Marin (SDP) said she hoped people would take time to relax and enjoy the Christmas celebration. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) said in her Christmas message to the nation that she wants to believe better times lie ahead.

"The last two years have called for patience, adaptation and flexibility. Many people have lost loved ones, or been concerned for their own health or that of a family member," Marin wrote.

The PM added that Covid vaccines have brought a sense of security and remain the most important and effective way to tackle the pandemic.

She concluded her message by saying she was looking forward to spending a peaceful Christmas period with her family and loved ones.

"I sincerely hope that everyone has time at Christmas to pause for at least a moment and enjoy the festivities. Each in accordance with our own heritage, or boldly creating new traditions.," Marin wrote.

"Christmas is an opportunity to rest, extend a helping hand, reflect on things past, and consider the future. Together, we can get through anything that life throws at us."

Finland's President Sauli Niinistö and his wife Jenni Haukio also sent peaceful Christmas wishes via Twitter.

Niinistö published a photo of the presidential couple in front of a Christmas tree with the words: "Merry Christmas [in Finnish] - Wish you all a peaceful Christmas [in Swedish]!"