Alexander Stubb, a successful politician and researcher in political science, has been elected as the new President of Finland. He won the run-off against his independent opponent, Pekka Haavisto, with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb has had a distinguished 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 father of two children with a British lawyer wife, Stubb is passionate about his country’s security 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 also has a keen interest in international relations and is a sportsman, having participated in grueling races like the “iron man.”
Stubb was encouraged to return to Finnish politics by the party he had always supported, which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that when the homeland calls you, you go there. He is eager to make an impact as President and is passionate about his country’s role in the international community.