Finland has elected former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb as its new president, with 51.6% of the votes. His opponent, Pekka Haavisto, received 48.4% of the vote in the second round of elections held on January 28. The two candidates advanced to the final round after the first round, which saw a total of nine candidates take part in the presidential campaign.
Stubb was a prominent figure in Finnish politics for many years and held several ministerial positions before leaving politics in 2017 to focus on his personal interests. However, he surprised many by announcing his candidacy for president in 2023. During his time as Foreign Minister, Stubb was an active supporter of Finland’s accession to NATO.
This election marks the first time that Finland has elected a president since it joined NATO in April 2023. With Stubb now set to become the country’s new leader, Finland is looking toward a bright future with new policies and strategies for continued growth and prosperity.
In other news this week, there have been discussions about small business health insurance and prototype mold manufacturing. While these topics may seem unrelated to the presidential election, they are important issues that will continue to shape Finland’s future policies and practices in these areas.