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Anthony Albanese joins Finland’s PM for a stroll as ‘party PMs’ meet

Finland’s Prime Minister enjoyed a sunny stroll with Anthony Albanese and his dog as the two politicians dubbed ‘party PMs’ met in Sydney on Friday. 

Sanna Marin, 37, gave a lunchtime address at the foreign policy-focused Lowy Institute where she discussed the Ukraine war and slammed Russia’s aggression in the region. 

However, she appeared far more relaxed just a few hours later as she met with Mr Albanese and his cavoodle, Toto, before posing for photos in the sun.

The Aussie PM beamed during their walk and the two leaders have something in common – Mr Albanese having this week been dubbed a ‘party PM’ for walking red carpets and regularly attending gigs.

Ms Marin faced her own ‘party PM’ accusations in August after she was filmed dancing on a raucous night out in Finland, sparking an international media storm. 

She seemed to poke fun at her reputation during her talk in Sydney, joking: ‘In Finland, we are very down to earth. Us politicians are very ordinary people and we are meeting the citizens everywhere.’

Anthony Albanese looked delighted to meet Finland’s Sanna Marin and sported a beaming smile on the walk

The two Prime Ministers shared an embrace as they met in Sydney on Friday afternoon

The two Prime Ministers shared an embrace as they met in Sydney on Friday afternoon

Anthony Albanese with his dog Toto, welcomes Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin

Anthony Albanese with his dog Toto, welcomes Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin

Ms Marin met with Mr Albanese to discuss a trade deal between Australia and the European Union

Ms Marin met with Mr Albanese to discuss a trade deal between Australia and the European Union

Her comments drew laughs from some members of the audience at her foreign policy speech.  

After giving her address, the Finnish PM was also asked if Chinese President Xi Jinping could influence Vladimir Putin into ending Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She replied: ‘I think China could play an important role to stop the war if they wanted and it’s up to China how they want to act concerning the war.  

‘We shouldn’t only rely on China or any others, we should make sure that we are stronger. 

‘I must be very honest, brutally honest. Europe isn’t strong enough right now. We would be in trouble without the United States being involved in the war in Ukraine. 

‘The United States has given a lot of weapons, a lot of financial aid, a lot of human aid to Ukraine, and Europe isn’t strong enough.’

Ms Marin’s visit to Australia is the first ever by a Finnish PM. 

Mr Albanese, along with his dog Toto, enjoys a sunny stroll with Finland's Prime Minister

Mr Albanese, along with his dog Toto, enjoys a sunny stroll with Finland’s Prime Minister

Ms Marin faced her own 'party PM' accusations after she was pictured dancing on a raucous night out in Finland in August

Ms Marin faced her own 'party PM' accusations after she was pictured dancing on a raucous night out in Finland in August

Ms Marin faced her own ‘party PM’ accusations after she was pictured dancing on a raucous night out in Finland in August. Finland’s prime minister (seen wearing white jeans) was filmed dancing closely with a glamorous former model in August

Sanna Marin was under pressure over a wild night out after footage emerged showing her dancing intimately with a man in a nightclub

Sanna Marin was under pressure over a wild night out after footage emerged showing her dancing intimately with a man in a nightclub

Sanna Marin was under pressure over a wild night out after footage emerged showing her dancing intimately with a man in a nightclub

She previously made headlines across the world after the video of her dancing emerged. 

It showed her dancing provocatively with Finnish social media influencer Sabina Särkkä, 33, as they draped their arms around each other with their legs nearly touching. 

The footage was taken on the crowded dancefloor of the nightclub where Ms Marin was also filmed dancing intimately with Finnish singer Olavi Uusivirta, 38, leading to him issuing a denial that they were having an affair. 

Mr Albanese – who has acted as ‘DJ Albo’ at campaign events – has something of a similar reputation. 

Just in recent weeks, he has been pictured with stars Nick Cave and Thelma Plum, worked the red carpet at the GQ Man of the Year awards and hobnobbed with cricketers during the Prime Minister’s XI. 

Earlier this year he was filmed ‘dad dancing’ at a Midnight Oil concert. In August, he was also pictured downing a beer at a Gang Of Youths concert at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney.

NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham was among those demanding Mr Albanese spend more time on addressing the country’s mounting problems.

‘He’s the Party PM, but unfortunately, millions of Australians waiting for lower electricity prices haven’t been invited,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Albanese attended a Nick Cave gig on Monday night and later took to Instagram to gush over the Australian musician (pictured)

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attended a Nick Cave gig on Monday night and later took to Instagram to gush over the Australian musician (pictured)

He thanked Ms Haydon for accompanying him on 'this journey' in a year of great change for their lives

The Labor leader attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards with his partner Jodie last week

On Friday, Mr Albanese was pictured taking with partner Jodie taking a long sip of a tin of Balter XPA at the Prime Ministers XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra

On Friday, Mr Albanese was pictured taking with partner Jodie taking a long sip of a tin of Balter XPA at the Prime Ministers XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra

In a bullish interview with ABC TV on Thursday night, Ms Marin insisted the ‘frenzy’ over her videos was pushed by the media.  

‘The people were very supportive. They would stop me in the streets and say that we are supporting you, keep on dancing.

‘It was maybe only a spectacle because it was interesting from the media perspective.

‘I think us politicians, we can also be human beings. I’m still quite a young person, 37.

‘I want to act like my age. I meet my friends, I go dancing, I go out if I have a free time, even though I don’t have that much free time. 

‘It was during summer in my holidays, so I think it’s very important that politicians can also be human beings. I still don’t think that it was something terrible.’

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