Finland's PM signals she is relaxed about Omicron while at nightclub

What Omicron threat? Finland’s glamourous Prime Minister, 36, signals she is relaxed about the new variant as she knocks back beer and dances with friends until 4am in a Helsinki nightclub

  • Prime Minister Sanna Marin was spotted at the Butchers nightclub in Helsinki
  • Finland has seen some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe, with just 1,277 cases recorded on Saturday
  • Finland’s high vaccination rate and Covid health pass helped to keep cases low

Finland’s glamourous Prime Minister has signalled she is relaxed about the Omicron variant after she was spotted drinking beer and dancing with friends until the early hours of the morning at a nightclub in the capital of Helsinki.

Premier Sanna Marin, 36, was seen enjoying a night out at the Butchers nightclub with friends on Saturday – so much so that she did not leave until 4am. 

Finland has seen some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe, with just 1,277 cases recorded on Saturday compared to a staggering 56,739 infections in Germany. The country has also seen just one case of the Omicron variant. 

The country’s high vaccination rate – with 72 per cent of the population double jabbed – and the use of a Covid health pass to allow access to some restaurants and nightclubs has kept the rate of infections low. 

And in a sign that the Prime Minister is confident in her country’s approach to the pandemic and the Covid health pass, Marin was spotted at a night club after having dinner at the Grotesk restaurant in Helsinki, reports local newspaper Seiska. 

Premier Sanna Marin, 36, was seen enjoying a night out at the Butchers nightclub with friends on Saturday – so much so that she did not leave until 4am

In a sign that the Prime Minister is confident in her country’s approach to the pandemic and the Covid health pass, Marin was spotted at a night club after having dinner at the Grotesk restaurant in Helsinki

Finland has seen some of the lowest rates of Covid-19 in Europe, with just 1,277 cases recorded on Saturday compared to a staggering 56,739 infections in Germany. The country has also seen just one case of the Omicron variant

She arrived at the Butchers nightclub at midnight with her husband Markus Räikkönen and their friends where she drank Heineken beer and danced.

An eyewitness told the local newspaper: ‘[Marin] sat down with friends and it seemed fun. I noticed that Sanna was a little disturbed by people staring.

‘At the end of the evening, the party surrounded the Prime Minister so that she could be more at ease.’

Under current restrictions, people in Finland must present a Covid health pass – which requires them to be have been jabbed, tested negative for Covid, or recovered from Covid – to be allowed entry into bars and restaurants.   

Marin’s message was reportedly to show the public that the Covid pass is trusted and they can enjoy the nightlife if they have the correct documents.  

She arrived at the Butchers nightclub at midnight with her husband Markus Räikkönen and their friends where she drank Heineken beer and danced

The country’s high vaccination rate – with 72 per cent of the population double jabbed – and the use of a Covid health pass to allow access to some restaurants and nightclubs has kept the rate of infections low

Finland also took further measures last week after the government announced that it will mandate vaccinations for health and social care staff.    

The government also told regional authorities to boost their test and trace efforts and to recommend remote work in areas where the virus is spreading.

Finland is now also requiring all travellers arriving into the country to have a Covid certificate showing they have been vaccinated in order to stop the Omicron variant from spreading. 

Those who do not have a valid certificate will need to get a Covid-19 test.

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