Alexander Stubb is the newly elected president of Finland, having been away from Finnish political life for 7 years. 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 prime minister and leader of the National Conservative Party. In recent years, he has directed the European University Institute in Florence.
A researcher in political science, Stubb has had a European-focused career, initially serving as a councilor and then as an MEP in 2004. He has previously been Foreign Minister and Premier, and has supported Finland’s membership in NATO. Stubb is passionate about his country and its role in the international community and is eager to make an impact as president.
One of the most important tasks of his presidency will be to work on an international system based on rules. Stubb strongly believes that his country should produce security rather than just consume it, which is why he encourages Finnish politicians to prioritize this issue when making decisions. As a father of two children with a British lawyer wife, he believes that this is crucial for the future of his family and for Finland as a whole.
Stubb’s interest in international relations led him to participate in grueling races like the “iron man.” He knows firsthand how important it is to have strong physical fitness to navigate complex global issues. Upon announcing his candidacy, Stubb stated that when “the homeland calls you, you go there.” He was encouraged by his party – now in government with Prime Minister Petteri Orpo – to return to Finnish politics after being away for 7 years.