Aleksandar Stubb, a political science researcher and former Finnish Prime Minister, has been elected as the country’s new president. He won the second round of elections against independent candidate Peka Haavista with 51.7% of the vote. Stubb had been away from Finnish politics for seven years, having managed the European University Institute in Florence.
During his career in politics, Stubb served as Prime Minister and leader of the National Conservative Party. He has a great interest in international relations and believes that one of the most important tasks of his presidency will be to work on an international system based on rules. Stubb is also an athlete, having participated in grueling races such as “Iron Man.”
As a father of two with a British lawyer wife, Stubb firmly believes in Finland’s importance in producing security rather than just consuming it. In announcing his candidacy, he stated, “When your country calls, you go there.” He was encouraged to return to Finnish politics by the party he has always supported, which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpa.
Stubb is passionate about his country and its role in the international community and is eager to make an impact as president.