Sanna Marin, the Finnish Prime Minister, said on Friday that she had taken a drugs test after video footage of her partying with friends was published this week, and that she had never used illegal drugs.
Marin, 36, also stated that her ability to perform her official duties was unaffected on the Saturday night in question and that if she had been required to work, she would have left the party.
This week, video clips of Marin partying with well-known Finnish influencers and artists began circulating on social media and were quickly picked up by several media outlets in Finland and abroad.
“There have been quite serious public accusations in recent days that I was in a space where drugs were used, or that I myself used drugs,” Marin said at a news conference.
“I consider these accusations to be very serious, and while I believe the demand for a drug test is unjust, I have taken a drug test today for my own legal protection and to clear up any doubts.”
Marin, who became the world’s youngest serving government leader in December 2019, faced calls to take a drug test from both members of her ruling coalition and the opposition after the videos surfaced.
Marin, the Social Democrat leader, stated that she had never used drugs and had not witnessed anyone doing so at the party she attended.
While many praised Marin for balancing her demanding job with an active personal life, others questioned her decision to allow herself to be filmed despite assurances that the videos would not be made public.
At a time when Europe is unsettled by Russia’s war in Ukraine, Marin has faced criticism that her partying may interfere with her ability to quickly carry out her duties if Finland is hit by a sudden crisis.
“If there were a crisis situation, I would know about it before midnight on a Saturday evening,” she told reporters, adding that the Finnish armed forces were well prepared to deal with any military crisis that might arise.
Following the war in Ukraine, Finland, which shares a long land border with Russia, has applied to join NATO alongside neighbouring Sweden.