Alexander Stubb, a researcher in political science and former prime minister of Finland, 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 holding various government positions such as Foreign Minister and Premier. In recent years, he directed the European University Institute in Florence.
Stubb is passionate about international relations and believes that one of his key tasks as president will be to work on creating an international system based on rules. He is also a sportsman and 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 producing security rather than just consuming it.
Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that when “the homeland calls you, you go there.” He was encouraged to return to Finnish politics by the party he had always supported, which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. Stubb is eager to make an impact as president and believes that his country has an important role to play in the international community.