The 2024 Finnish race for president continues. The numbers from the first round are in and former PM Alexander Stubb and third-time runner Pekka Haavisto will face off in the second round on February 11th. In this first round, Stubb received 27.7 percent of the votes while Haavisto came close second with 25.8 percent.
The presidential election of 2024 is more than a political ritual; it’s a critical juncture for Finland. Known for stability, social welfare, and technological innovation, Finland now tests the resilience of its political system, influenced by recent fragile coalition governments. This is the first time Finns vote since joining NATO, turning the campaign spotlight on security and its relationship with Russia.
Unlike other nations, the President holds power over international affairs. For that reason, the campaign and debates have so far been focused on security. We expect the upcoming weeks to remain the same. The question remains on who the voters of Jussi Halla-aho and Olli Rehn will back up moving forward. We have already written about these two candidates, yet in this piece we will recap once again to better understand their profiles as this campaign continues.