Finland's President Sauli Niinisto comfortably re-elected

Finland's President Sauli Niinisto comfortably re-elected

The other six candidates received less than 7 percent.

Haavisto has conceded Niinisto's victory.

With all ballots counted, Niinisto had 62.7 percent of the vote, while his leading rival, Pekka Haavisto of the Greens, had 12.4 percent.

The 69-year-old Niinisto needed a majority to win a second, six-year term without a runoff.

"I am confident that our two countries, under your continued presidency, will remain close allies deeply committed to protecting the interests of our citizens and working together for the success of the continent", said Grybauskaite.

"I have no intention of making changes just for the sake of making changes".

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Jockeying for third place are the populist-nationalist Finns Party candidate Laura Huhtasaari - one of three women in the field - and veteran Centre Party politician Paavo Vayrynen who is running as an independent.

Turnout - at 69.9 percent, lower than expected for this Nordic nation - is higher for presidential than parliamentary elections here.

In these elections, Niinisto ran as an independent with no association to the NCP that he earlier chaired.

Pro-EU President Niinisto was instrumental in maintaining ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite Finland backing western economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

While the position is largely ceremonial, the presidential duties include involvement in Finland's foreign policy. Polls indicated that his support came from across the country's political spectrum, and even Haavisto said, "The people wanted stability".