Sauli Niinisto was re-elected President of Finland. The pragmatic conservative 69-year old, who ran as an independent candidate, obtained 62.6% of votes, as the counting was nearly completed. Niinisto achieved his second six-year mandate with a historical first round victory. The presidential mandate will begin on 1 March 2018 and end on 1 March 2024. Even though the presidential candidate is voted by citizens, Niinisto was first in every municipality and had the most votes in all but 13 municipality. The main competitor of the electoral challenge was Pekka Haavisto, candidate of the Green League and also main challenger in the previous elections, who obtained 12.4% of votes.