Alexander Stubb has been elected as the new President of Finland, having been away from Finnish political life for 7 years. He won the run-off against his independent opponent, Pekka Haavisto, with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb 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. A researcher in political science, Stubb has had a European-focused career, initially serving as a councilor and then as an MEP in 2004. He has previously been Foreign Minister and Premier, and has supported Finland’s membership in NATO.
Stubb is passionate about international relations and believes that one of the most important tasks of the next presidential mandate will be to work on an international system based on rules. He is also a sportsman, having participated in grueling races like the “iron man.” As a father of two children with a British lawyer wife, Stubb strongly believes in the importance of his country producing, not just consuming, security.
Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated, “When the homeland calls you, you go there.” He was encouraged to return to Finnish politics by the party he had always supported, which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. Stubb is eager to make an impact as president and strongly believes in his country’s role in the international community.