Alexander Stubb has emerged victorious in the second round of Finland’s presidential election, winning 51.6% of the votes, according to Yle. Pekka Haavisto, a former Finnish Foreign Minister, received 48.4% of the vote.
This election marks the first time that Finland has had a president since its accession to NATO in April 2023. During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Stubb was an active supporter of Finland’s NATO membership and had previously announced his retirement from politics in 2017. However, he surprised many by announcing his candidacy for the presidency in 2023.
As Finland looks toward its future with a new leader, it is also considering other important issues such as small business health insurance and prototype mold manufacturing. These topics may seem unrelated to the presidential election but are important for building a healthier community and supporting small businesses.