Finnish PM tests negative for drugs after party video leak
Published: Aug 23, 2022 08:57 PM
Finland's prime minister received a negative result in a drug test which she took to "clear up suspicions" after a video of the 36-year-old partying sparked criticism, her office said on Monday.

Marin's urine sample was tested for the presence of various drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamine, cannabis and opioids, said Iida Vallin, a special adviser to the prime minister.

"Drug test taken from Prime Minister Sanna Marin on August 19, 2022 did not reveal the presence of drugs," Marin's office said in a statement, adding that the results were signed by a doctor.

A video leaked last week showed Marin dancing and partying with a group of friends and celebrities that created controversy across the world. Some interpreted comments heard on the video as referring to narcotics, something heavily debated on social media and strongly denied by the prime minister.

"To clear up any suspicions, I have taken a drug test today," she told reporters on Friday.

Marin previously said she was "spending an evening with friends" and that the videos were "filmed in private premises." 

Marin - who was appointed in 2019 at the age of 34 - has previously been the target of criticism over parties at her official residence. In December, she came under sustained criticism after it was revealed she stayed out dancing until the early hours despite having been exposed to COVID-19.

A poll commissioned by Finnish TV channel MTV3 at the time found two-thirds of respondents thought her night out was a "serious mistake."