Young people are taking the mantle of leadership in what is seen as a wake up call. Younger leaders are generally more capable of bridging the generations before and after their age group while challenging the way things are done. It wasn’t impossible a few hundred years ago to have a child ruler, as the monarchical systems common worldwide chose leaders based on bloodline – not qualifications. While many had an older regent meant to guide the way, some were making their own decisions in their teenage years.
In the modern world, as liberal democracies have surpassed monarchies throughout much of the globe, rulers tend to be chosen by the will of the people. As such, the globe’s youngest heads of state have gone from frequently unqualified children to relatively more qualified 30-somethings. We have highlighted the youngest people currently serving as head of state and/or head of government, or a representative of a head of state.
Here are the top 10 youngest serving state leaders in the world.
|1.||Gabriel Boric||President of Chile||February 11, 1986|
|2.||Dritan Abazović||Prime Minister of Montenegro||December 25, 1985|
|3.||Sanna Marin||Prime Minister of Finland||November 16, 1985|
|4.||Mahamat Déby||Interim President of Chad, Chairman of the Transitional Military Council of Chad||January 1, 1984|
|5.||Kim Jong-un||Supreme Leader of North Korea||January 8, 1983|
|6.||Assimi Goïta||Interim President of Mali||1983|
|7.||Irakli Garibashvili||Prime Minister of Georgia||June 28, 1982|
|8.||Serdar Berdimuhamedow||President of Turkmenistan||September, 1981|
|9.||Nayib Bukele||President of El Salvador||July 24, 1981|
|10.||Abdoulaye Maïga||Interim Prime Minister of Mali||May 12, 1981|