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Finland’s PM makes BBC list of world’s most influential women

British broadcaster highlights the success of Finland's female leadership in dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

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Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaking at the EU Summit in Brussels on 16 October. Image: Johanna Geron / EPA

The BBC has named Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin on the list of the 100 most "inspiring and influential" women of 2020.

The list recognises women "who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times", with Finland’s PM the first name to be mentioned in the article.

In a profile of Marin, the UK public broadcaster writes that Finland's Prime Minister currently leads a coalition government comprised of four other parties all led by women, and there is further praise for how Finland has dealt with the coronavirus crisis.

"Finland has been hailed for its handling of Covid-19, with one of the lowest infection rates in Europe, as of November 2020," the article states.

The list is divided into four categories -- knowledge, leadership, creativity and identity -- with Marin joined in the 'Leadership' category by Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsihanouskaya, Thai democracy activist Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul and Somalian peace activist Ilwad Elman, among others.

One of the 100 places on the list has been left blank, under the pseudonym "Unsung Hero", as a tribute to all the women who have made sacrifices in order to help others.

"Though BBC 100 Women cannot name every woman across the globe who has made a contribution, this space is designed to allow you to think of the people who have had an impact on you, over the course of 2020," the article states.

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