Tampere unveils official portrait of Sanna Marin

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The prime minister told reporters on Monday that she was happy with the work she had been given in honor of her time as president of the Tampere city council.

Sanna Marin’s portrait was unveiled at Tampere City Hall on Monday, November 21. Prior to her premiership, Marin worked in Tampere local politics, including as president of the city council. Image: Jani Aarnio / Yle

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The city of Tampere unveiled the prime minister on Monday Sanne Marian‘s (SDP) gold and red tinted portrait, which, according to the artist, Meeri Koutaniemiis inspired by the city coat of arms.

In keeping with the tradition of taking portraits of city council presidents, the statue honors Marin’s time as head of the Tampere City Council, a position she held from 2013-2017.

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“It’s important to me that the portrait tradition is renewed. From the beginning I knew I wanted the portrait to be a photograph, not a painting,” said Marin, who attended the unveiling.

The prime minister added that she wanted Koutaniemi, a photographer and artist, to do the portrait because of Koutaniemi’s work with human rights, minority groups and women’s issues.

The artist said the image was inspired by Tampere’s red and gold coat of arms, designed in the 1960s.

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“The strong red color pays homage to Tampere’s leftist roots. The arms also contain three golden symbolic elements: a hammer, a caduceus and waves,” Koutaniemi explained.

Marin said to be satisfied with the end result.

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