The Marin government is the 76th government of the Republic of Finland, which took office on 10 December 2019. It consists of the Social Democrats, the Center Party, the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People's Party.
The Prime Minister of the Government is Sanna Marin, Chairman of the Social Democrats, who was the Minister of Transport and Communications of the previous Slope Government. When she took office at the age of 34, she was not only the youngest ever Prime Minister of Finland, but also the youngest sitting prime minister in the world, and the third woman to serve as the Prime Minister of Finland. Marin's election as Prime Minister attracted widespread attention not only in Finland but also in foreign media. The current government has been hit by a coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, Marin's government decided to acquire new F-35 fighter jets for Finland. In 2021, Parliament approved the Marin government's plan to relocate social and health care to 22 welfare areas. In early 2022, the first regional elections were held on the basis of the Marin government's military reform legislation. In 2022, the employment rate will have risen to 74 per cent, with the government program target of 75 per cent. Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 led to a change in Finland's security environment. In May 2022, Sanna Marin and the President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö announced that Finland would apply for NATO membership.
The ministers in charge of their ministry are in bold.
Election of the Prime Minister
Marin's government was formed after the resignation of the previous Prime Minister Antti Rinte on 3 December 2019. After the resignation of his government, the Prime Minister was elected by the Social Democratic Party Council on 9 December 2019. According to Juha Akkanen, editor-in-chief of Helsingin Sanomat, Marin was a candidate for Antti Rinte, who led the party since 2014, and Eero Heinäluoma, who chaired Lindtman in 2005–2008. Due to this dividing line, the right-wing council of Jutta Urpilainen, who chaired the SDP in 2008–2014, allied with the supporters of the Slope to vote for the Prime Minister of Sanna Marini. According to Helsingin Sanomat's policy analyst Marko Junkkari, this choice was decided by the old dividing line between Heinäluoma and Urpilainen's supporters. Antti Rinne, who resigned as prime minister, continued as chairman of the party until the Social Democrats' party meeting in summer 2020. Parliament voted on the new prime minister at the next day's plenary session, Tuesday, December 10, 2019, when Marin was elected prime minister of Finland by 99-70 votes.
Change of Minister of Finance
In June 2020, Suomen Kuvalehti reported that the Minister of Finance, Katri Kulmuni, had paid for communication training services with state money. As chairman of the center, Kulmuni had acquired communication training not only for the duties of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, but also for the role of party leader.
On June 5, Katri Kulmuni announced her resignation as Minister of Finance. Kulmuni announced that he would pay back to the state almost 50,000 euros in communication training bills. The three central institutions - the party government, the parliamentary group and the group of MEPs - met on Monday 8 June to decide on a new finance minister. Matti Vanhanen was elected unanimously. Vanhanen was appointed Minister of Finance of Finland, and his term began the next day, June 9, 2020. On May 22, 2021, Vanhanen announced that he would hand over the Minister of Finance's portfolio to Annika Saariko, who succeeded Kulmuni as party chairman. Saarikko's appointment was confirmed on May 27, 2021. At the same time, Antti Kurvinen became Minister of Science and Culture.