Alexander Stubb, a researcher in political science and sportsman, has been elected as the new President of Finland. Stubb, who has had a successful career in politics, won the run-off against his independent opponent with 51.7% of the vote. He has previously served as prime minister and leader of the National Conservative Party.
In recent years, he directed the European University Institute in Florence. Stubb is passionate about his country’s role in the international community 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 a father of two children with a British lawyer wife and strongly believes in producing security rather than just consuming it. He stated upon announcing his candidacy that “When the homeland calls you, you go there.” He was encouraged to return to Finnish politics by his party which is now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo. Stubb is eager to make an impact as president and believes that he can bring a fresh perspective to Finnish politics.