Alexander Stubb has been elected as the new president of Finland, winning the run-off against his independent opponent Pekka Haavisto with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb, who had been away from Finnish political life for seven years, has had a successful career in politics, serving as prime minister and leader of the National Conservative Party. In recent years, he has directed the European University Institute in Florence and is a researcher in political science.
Stubb’s focus on international relations and working towards an international system based on rules is a crucial task that he believes should be accomplished during his presidential mandate. He is also an avid sportsman and has participated in grueling races like the “iron man.” As a father of two children with a British lawyer wife, Stubb strongly believes in his country’s ability to produce security rather than just consume it.
When announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that “When the homeland calls you, you go there.” He was encouraged to return to Finnish politics by his long-time party, which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. Stubb is passionate about his country and its role in the international community and is eager to make an impact as president.