Alexander Stubb has been elected as the President of Finland, winning the run-off against independent opponent Pekka Haavisto with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb, who was away from Finnish political life for 7 years, has had a successful career in politics, serving as prime minister and leader of the National Conservative Party. In recent years, he directed the European University Institute in Florence and is a researcher in political science.
As a foreign minister and premier, Stubb has supported Finland’s membership in NATO and is passionate about his country’s role in the international community. He believes that one of the most important tasks of his presidential mandate will be to work on an international system based on rules. Stubb also shares a keen interest in international relations and is a sportsman, having participated in grueling races like “iron man.”
Stubb is a father of two children with a British lawyer wife and strongly believes that his country should produce security rather than just consume it. He stated upon announcing his candidacy that when the homeland calls him, he goes there. Encouraged by his party, which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo, Stubb is eager to make an impact as president and believes that Finland has an important role to play in Europe and beyond.