Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin traveled to one of the Helsinki clubs with a group of friends on Saturday evening. At that time, she did not read the message about the need to avoid social contacts in connection with the confirmation of the coronavirus infection by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She left the official government phone at home.
The information, initially released over the weekend by a Finnish celebrity gossip website, has grown into a nationwide scandal that all Finnish newspapers are reporting on Tuesday. On Saturday evening, when Marin went to the nightclub, information about the need to avoid social contact was sent to members of the government on business phones. This was related to the confirmation of the coronavirus infection by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, who last week visited, among others, in Sweden at the OSCE ministerial meeting. Marin – as she herself admitted – did not read the message until Sunday morning.
I had the “parliamentary telephone” with me all the time, it was possible to contact me, the head of the Finnish government and the leader of the Social Democrats told the press. The “government telephone” to which the information was sent is, she emphasized, used mainly for international calls and has deliberately remained in a safe place. I was called earlier on the “parliamentary telephone” and it was told that, according to the guidelines of the sanitary services, double vaccinated people do not have to apply preventive measures – she explained.
Marin – writes the Seiska gossip website – by visiting a nightclub in Helsinki, she wanted to show that covid passports work and that residents who are double vaccinated can have fun in the capital.
Marin likely violated the instructions of the government chancellery
Complaints were submitted to the Chancellor of Justice (the constitutional body supervising the activities of officials) in connection with the Prime Minister’s visit to the nightclub. On Tuesday evening, the Iltalehti newspaper revealed that Marin probably breached the instructions from the government chancellery, which were updated at the end of November.
“The prime minister made a mistake,” said two-thirds of those polled in a poll conducted by one of the TV stations.
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