Estonia’s president has apologised after the country’s interior minister described Finland’s new prime minister as “a sales girl”.
President Kersti Kaljulaid said she was “embarrassed” by the comments of Mart Helme, 70, who leads the populist far-right party Ekre.
Finnish PM Sanna Marin, 34, is the world’s youngest prime minister.
She heads a centre-left coalition with four other parties, all female-led, and has been a rising star for some years.
Mr Helme made his controversial remarks on his party’s radio talk-show.
“Now we see how one sales girl has become a prime minister and how some other street activists and non-educated people have also joined the cabinet,” he said.
Ms Marin has spoken about growing up in a disadvantaged family. She worked as a sales assistant before going to university and embarking on a political career.
She was the first person in her family to finish high school and attend university.