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"What we've been waiting for": Finland adds fifth female leader in new official photo

Swedish People’s Party leader Anna-Maja Henriksson missed the previous photo op as she was on a business trip to the USA.

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From left to right: Li Andersson, Katri Kulmuni, Sanna Marin, Anna-Maja Henriksson and Maria Ohisalo. Image: Valtioneuvosto

Finland hit the headlines earlier this month when Sanna Marin became the youngest Prime Minister in the world, running a government headed up by herself and four female party leaders.

In the publicity, however, Justice Minister and Swedish People's Party chair Anna-Maja Henriksson was not pictured as she had been on a working visit to the United States.

The Finnish government’s official twitter account tweeted a photo on Thursday with the caption "this is what we’ve been waiting for", above a picture of all five female government leaders.

In the picture are Henriksson, Prime Minister Marin of the SDP, Finance Minister and Centre Party chair Katri Kulmuni, Interior Minister Maria Ohisalo who leads the Green Party and Leftist leader Minister of Education Li Andersson.

Henriksson was missing from the previous photo because she was on a business trip to the United States.

The all-female heads of the governing coalition attracted widespread international media attention over the past two weeks, including from the Washington Post, the Guardian and Forbes magazine.

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