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Aug. 23, 2022, 7:17 p.m. EDT

‘I believe that Finnish society and its resilience can withstand me singing and dancing with my friends’: Prime Minister Sanna Marin defends party video but voluntarily submits to drug testing

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Friday she has taken a drug test “for her own legal protection” after a video was leaked of her dancing and lip-syncing songs at a private party. Marin defended her actions, saying she drank alcohol with friends but did not use any drugs, which reportedly has been confirmed by a drug test.

A video posted on social media Thursday shows six people at a party dancing and lip-syncing a song, including Marin. Later in the video, the 36-year-old prime minister is seen on her knees dancing while lip-syncing.

“I have taken a drug test for my own legal protection, the results of which will come in about a week,” Marin told a news conference Friday, according to the Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper. She said, according to various media accounts, that she had never taken drugs, not even in her youth.

Speaking in English, Marin, the Nordic country’s youngest-ever prime minister, said she didn’t have any government meetings that weekend and “I had some time off and I spent it with my friends. And I didn’t do anything illegal.”

The negative drug-test result was reported Monday.

See: Finland asks: Does a prime minister have a right to party?

It was unclear when the party was held.

But the video was posted online after Finland on Wednesday decided to limit the number of visas issued to Russians beginning Sept. 1, amid a rush of Russian tourists bound for Europe. Normally there are about 1,000 visa application appointments in Russia each day, according to the Finnish government, but that number will soon be limited to 500 daily.

Finland, Estonia and other EU countries bordering Russia have been pushing for an EU-wide ban on Russian tourists, but other EU leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have dismissed that idea as counterproductive.

Despite bans on air travel from Russia to the European Union, Russians have been able to vacation in Western Europe this summer by traveling by land through neighboring countries with tourist visas that are valid throughout Europe’s border-free travel zone.

According to the newspaper, Marin told reporters Friday that “it should be accepted that even decision makers are dancing, singing and partying” at times. She added “it’s up to the voters [to decide] what they think about it.”

She insisted she is always prepared to return to work, even in her leisure time.

“I haven’t missed any prime ministerial duties because I spent time with my friends,” Marin said, according to a Financial Times report . “I believe that Finnish society and its resilience can withstand me singing and dancing with my friends.”

Parliamentary elections in Finland are held every four years, and the last one was held in April 2019.

Critics have noted that Finland, which shares a 1,340-kilometer, or 832-mile, land border with Russia, faces high electricity prices among other serious fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The country recently dropped its long-held neutral stance and asked to join NATO .

See: U.S. Senate overwhelmingly backs NATO bids of Finland, Sweden in rebuke to Russia

Marin has said previously that she will continue to have a personal life despite her job. In July, she attended a popular Finnish rock festival.

In December she apologized after going out clubbing until 4 a.m. without her work phone, hence failing to be informed that she had been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. She didn’t test positive.

MarketWatch contributed.

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