The former Finnish Prime Minister, Alexander Stubb, has emerged victorious in the second round of the presidential election with 51.6% of the votes, according to Yle portal. His opponent, Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4% of the vote. Both men advanced to the second round after the first round of elections held on January 28.
A total of nine candidates took part in the presidential campaign. Stubb, who held a number of ministerial positions in various Finnish governments, was an active supporter of Finland’s accession to NATO during his time as head of the Foreign Ministry. He had previously announced that he was leaving politics forever in 2017 but unexpectedly announced his candidacy for president in 2023.
This presidential election marks a significant milestone for Finland as it is the first since the country joined NATO in April 2023. With the second round now behind them, Finland is looking towards a new leader to guide them into the future.
In other news, there are mentions of small business health insurance and prototype mold manufacturing. While these topics may seem unrelated to the presidential election in Finland, they do highlight important issues that will need to be addressed by the new president as they work to create a healthier community for all citizens.