Finland's presidential election headed for February 11 runoff

Finland will hold a presidential runoff next month as none of the nine candidates won a majority of votes in the first round of the election on Sunday.

Finland's Ministry of Justice says former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb of the ruling center-right National Coalition Party won 27.2 percent of the votes, while former Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto of the center-left Green Party received 25.8 percent.

The two will compete in the runoff on February 11.

Finland scrapped its policy of military neutrality after Russia invaded Ukraine. The Nordic country joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in April.

Finland has been on heightened alert against Russia since last summer. In November, the country closed most of its border points with Russia. It cited a surge in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the country and blamed Moscow for intentionally sending them to cause turmoil.

The two countries share a roughly 1,300-kilometer border.

During the election campaign, all nine contenders called for a tough stance against Russia.