Alexander Stubb has been elected as the new President of Finland, after being away from Finnish politics for 7 years. He won the run-off against 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.
As a researcher in political science, Stubb has had an European-focused career, initially serving as a councilor and then as an MEP in 2004. He was previously Foreign Minister and Premier, and has supported Finland’s membership in NATO.
Stubb is passionate about international relations and believes that one of his most important tasks as president 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 his country’s ability to produce security rather than just consuming it.
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 is dedicated to making Finland’s voice heard on the international stage.