Alexander Stubb has won the second round of the presidential election with 51.6% of the votes, according to the Yle portal. Pekka Haavisto received 48.4% of the vote. In the first round held on January 28, Stubb and Haavisto advanced to the second round after receiving a combined total of 98.0%.
A total of 9 candidates took part in the presidential campaign, including Stubb, who held various ministerial positions in Finnish governments before leaving politics in 2017. He later announced his plans to run for president in 2023, despite previously stating that he would never return to politics. During his time as Foreign Minister, Stubb was an active supporter of Finland’s accession to NATO, which took place in April 2023.
The presidential election marks the first since Finland joined NATO and with the second round now behind us, Finland is looking forward to a new leader who will guide them through their future policies and decisions.
In other news, there are discussions about small business health insurance and prototype mold manufacturing. While these topics may seem unrelated to the presidential election in Finland, they are relevant as they could impact future policies for a healthier community.