"Keep dancing," former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted today, lending her support to Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, whose taste for partying has drawn global attention.

Mrs Clinton's post included a photo of herself, dancing in a crowded club during a 2012 trip to Colombia while still US secretary of state. It concluded with the words "Keep dancing, @marinsanna."

Ms Marin responded, tweeting back, "Thank you @Hillary Clinton," and including a heart emoji.

A recently leaked video showed Ms Marin dancing and partying with a group of friends and celebrities. It was shared widely on social media.

Sanna Marin party

Critics said it showed inappropriate behaviour for a prime minister, while others - now including Mrs Clinton - have defended the 36-year-old politician's right to enjoy a private event with friends.

Ms Marin told fellow members of her Social Democratic party that it was important to cut loose at times.

"I am human. And I too sometimes long for joy, light and fun amidst these dark clouds," said Ms Marin, the world's youngest prime minister. She added that she had not missed "a single day of work".

Ms Marin - who was appointed in 2019 at the age of 34 - has previously been the target of criticism over parties at her official residence.

In December 2021, she came under sustained criticism after it was revealed she stayed out dancing until the early hours despite having been exposed to Covid-19.

A poll commissioned by Finnish TV channel MTV3 at the time found two-thirds of respondents thought her night out was a "serious mistake".