The rapid rise of Sanna Marin, the 34-year-old Finnish woman set to become the youngest serving world leader
Sanna Marin is set to become the next prime minister of Finland on Tuesday, which will make the 34-year-old the youngest prime minister the country has ever had, and the third woman to lead the country.
Once she is takes office this week, Marin will become the youngest serving prime minister in the world.
Formerly Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications, Marin entered politics aged just 27, and became an MP in 2015, age 30.
On Sunday, she was chosen by the Social Democratic Party to take over from former leader of the part Antti Rinne, following criticism over the way he handled a postal strike, according to Reuters.
Take a look at the life of the woman set to become the world's youngest serving prime minister.
Marin was born in Finland's capital city Helsinki in 1985, and lived in various cities around the country before her family settled in the southern city of Tampere.
In Tampere, Marin lived and was brought up in a same-sex family with her mother and her mother's partner.
Marin describes herself as coming from a "rainbow family," and in 2015 she told Finnish media how growing up she felt "invisible" because her family "weren't recognized as a real family."
Her upbringing had a profound affect on her politics. "For me, people have always been equal. It's not a matter of opinion. That's the foundation for everything," she said in a 2015 interview.
The first person in her family to go to university, Marin graduated from Prikkala High School in 2004 and went on to study Administrative Sciences at the University of Tampere.
In 2012, at just 27 years old, Marin became head of the city council in Tampere, which has a population of around 230,000 people.
While still the head of the Tampere city council, Marin was elected as an MP for the Social Democrat Party in 2015, representing the region of Pirkanmaa.
Since June, she has held the position of Transport and Communications Minister. In the picture below she can be seen on the far-right in the second row.
The former prime minister of Finland Antti Rinne resigned last Tuesday after intense criticisms over the way he handled a postal strike.
The incident paved the way for Marin to take the top job after the Social Democratic party voted her in to take Rinne's place on Sunday.
She is due to be sworn in on Tuesday, making her the youngest serving prime minister in the world currently.
"We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters after she won the premiership.
Her achievement is no mean feat when you compare her age to other world leaders —Donald Trump was 70 when he became US president and Britain has not had a prime minister under 40 since 1806.