Alexander Stubb, a researcher in political science and a former Finnish prime minister, has been elected as the country’s new president. He won the run-off against his independent opponent, Pekka Haavisto, with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb has had a successful career in politics, serving as leader of the National Conservative Party and director of the European University Institute in Florence.
In recent years, he has directed the European University Institute in Florence and is a sportsman who has participated in grueling races like the “iron man.” As a father of two children with a British lawyer wife, Stubb strongly believes in the importance of his country producing, not just consuming, security.
Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that he was passionate about his country and its role in the international community. He believes that one of the most important tasks of his presidency will be to work on an international system based on rules. Stubb is eager to make an impact as president and is encouraged by the party he had always supported which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo.