Alexander Stubb has been elected as the new President of Finland, after being away from Finnish political life for 7 years. He won the run-off against independent candidate Pekka Haavisto with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb is a successful politician and researcher in political science, having served as Prime Minister and leader of the National Conservative Party, and as Foreign Minister. In recent years, he directed the European University Institute in Florence.
Stubb is deeply passionate about international relations and believes that one of his main tasks as President will be to work on creating an international system based on rules. As a sportsman who has participated in grueling races like the “iron man,” he is also focused on promoting physical fitness and wellness. As a father of two children with a British lawyer wife, Stubb strongly believes in his country’s role in producing security rather than just consuming it.
Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that when “the homeland calls you, you go there.” Encouraged by his longtime party – which is now part of the government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo – Stubb is eager to make an impact as President and contribute to Finland’s role in the international community.