Alexander Stubb has just been elected as the new President of Finland, after being away from Finnish politics for 7 years. He won the run-off against his independent opponent, Pekka Haavisto, with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb is a seasoned politician with a successful career in politics, having served as prime minister and leader of the National Conservative Party. In recent years, he has directed the European University Institute in Florence, where he continues to work as a researcher in political science.
His focus on international relations is reflected in his desire to create an international system based on rules during his next presidential mandate. As a sportsman who has participated in grueling races like the “iron man,” Stubb believes that security is paramount, both domestically and internationally. This sentiment is echoed by his status as a father of two children with a British lawyer wife.
When announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that he was motivated by the call of duty to return to Finnish politics. Encouraged by his long-time party affiliation with the National Conservatives, who are currently in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo, Stubb is passionate about making an impact as president and contributing to Finland’s role in the international community.