Famous Finnish Men

Think there is nothing more to the Finnish lap lands than Santa encounters or vast wilderness? If so, it is time to acquaint yourselves to the real attractions of deep north — its men. That is right! Finland, otherwise known for its saunas, bizarre annual celebrations and inestimable lakes (which are a good part of its charm), is also home to some greater mortals who epic deeds and feats deserves an honorable mention every time one chooses to gloat over the attractions of the land. No list of significant Finns is complete without these men of monumental accomplishments. This tiny little country, tucked away in the northernmost corner of Europe, owns the pride of having the least corrupt government in the world, the best education system in the world and even spinning the maximum number of heavy metal bands in the world. Now, nothing can sum up the ingenuity and greatness of the Finnish people better than these. Explore all about the exemplary Finnish men in their biographies captured below that details their timeline, trivia and interesting facts in a never before way.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Kimi Raikkonen
(Racing driver)

Kimi Raikkonen
29
Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 2 
Nico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

Nico Rosberg
21
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.

 3 
Valtteri Bottas
(Racing driver)

Valtteri Bottas
10
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland
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 4 
Mika Häkkinen
(Finnish racing driver)

Mika Häkkinen
7
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 5 
Jean Sibelius
(Composer)

Jean Sibelius
8
Birthdate: December 8, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Died: September 20, 1957

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish violinist and composer. Widely regarded as Finland's greatest composer, Sibelius' music is credited with having kindled nationalism in Finland during the country's struggle for independence from Russia. His work has inspired other important composers like Douglas Lilburn. The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, which is held every five years, is named after him.

 6 
Simo Häyhä
(Sniper)

Simo Häyhä
14
Birthdate: December 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rautjärvi, Finland
Died: April 1, 2002
Simo Häyhä was a Finnish sniper who served in the Winter War against the Soviet Union, in 1939–1940. He had killed 500 men in the war and received many awards for his exploits. His face was disfigured by a Red Army bullet, and he later retired to a farm.

 7 
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(6th President of Finland (1944-46))

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
6
Birthdate: June 4, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Askainen, Finland
Died: January 27, 1951

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was a Finnish statesman and military leader who served as the leader of the White Guard during the Finnish Civil War of 1918. He also played a key role during World War II where he served as the Chief of Defense of Finland's defense forces. Thanks to his achievements, Mannerheim is regarded as Finland's greatest statesman.

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 8 
Linus Torvalds
(Software Engineer, Main developer of the Linux kernel)

Linus Torvalds
7
Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds developed the open-source software Linux kernel, the Git system, and the scuba dive planning software Subsurface. Named to Time 100 and inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, he has also written an autobiography. He is married to Finnish karate champion Tove Torvalds.

 9 
Teemu Pukki
(Association football player)

Teemu Pukki
5
Birthdate: March 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotka

 10 
Eero Saarinen
(Architect)

Eero Saarinen
5
Birthdate: August 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kirkkonummi, Finland
Died: September 1, 1961

Eero Saarinen was a Finnish-American industrial designer and architect best remembered for his impressive designs for monuments and buildings. He is credited with designing important structures, such as the Washington Dulles International Airport, the TWA Flight Center, and the Gateway Arch. He is widely regarded as one of the 20th-century's most prominent American architectures.

 11 
Lauri Markkanen
(Basketball player)

Lauri Markkanen
4
Birthdate: May 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 12 

Joonas Suotamo
3
Birthdate: October 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 13 
Alvar Aalto
(Architect)

Alvar Aalto
2
Birthdate: February 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuortane
Died: May 11, 1976

Finnish architect Alvar Aalto initially had his studies interrupted by the Finnish Civil War, which saw him fighting for the White Army. His first architectural design was for his parents’ house. He had experimented with furniture and glassware, too. His works showcase a move from classicism to functionalism.

 14 
Lauri Törni
(Soldier)

Lauri Törni
2
Birthdate: May 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Viipuri, Finland
Died: October 18, 1965

Lauri Törni was a Finnish-born American soldier who served in the Vietnam War as part of the U.S. Army Special Forces. He died during the war due to a helicopter crash in 1965. In the 1990s, several books were written about Lauri Törni, making him a war hero. He was inducted into the USSOCOM Commando Hall of Honor in 2011.

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 15 
Tuukka Rask
(Ice hockey player)

Tuukka Rask
5
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Savonlinna, Finland

Tuuka Rask a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender. He currently plays for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Highly skilled, he won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender during the 2013-14 season. He also played for the national team at the 2014 Winter Olympics. His brother, Joonas Rask, is also a professional ice hockey player.

 16 
Jari Litmanen
(Footballer)

Jari Litmanen
2
Birthdate: February 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lahti, Finland
Called The Man of Glass for getting himself injured frequently during his career, Finnish former footballer Jari Litmanen has played for major clubs such as Liverpool and Ajax. The nine-time winner of the Finnish FA player of the year honor is also the only Finnish player to get a statue.
 

 17 
Teemu Selänne
(Ice hockey player)

Teemu Selänne
2
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki

 18 

George Gaynes
4
Birthdate: May 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland, Russia [now Finland]
Died: February 15, 2016

 19 
Keke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

Keke Rosberg
5
Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

 20 
Tom of Finland
(Painter, Illustrator)

Tom of Finland
2
Birthdate: May 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaarina
Died: November 7, 1991

 21 
Sami Hyypiä
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Sami Hyypiä
2
Birthdate: October 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porvoo

 22 
Paavo Nurmi
(Long-distance runner)

Paavo Nurmi
3
Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973

 23 
Sauli Koskinen
(Television Host)

Sauli Koskinen
2
Birthdate: March 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyvinkää

Finnish TV host Sauli Koskinen soared to fame after winning Big Brother 2007. He has also been a reporter and blogger for Ilta-Sanomat and has hosted his own show, Saulin Paras Kaveri. The openly gay entertainer had dated American singer Adam Lambert for almost 3 years before their split.

 24 
Matti Nykänen
(Ski jumper)

Matti Nykänen
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jyväskylä, Finland
Died: February 4, 2019

Matti Nykänen was a Finnish ski jumper widely considered to be the greatest male ski jumper of all time. Over the course of his career, he won five Winter Olympic medals and nine World Championship medals. He won the International Masters Championship for veteran ski jumpers in 2008. He had a tumultuous personal life and faced several legal issues.

 25 
Jari Kurri
(Ice hockey player)

Jari Kurri
5
Birthdate: May 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki

 26 
Sauli Niinistö
(President)

Sauli Niinistö
2
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salo

 27 
Ville Valo
(Singer)

Ville Valo
2
Birthdate: November 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 28 
Pekka Rinne
(Ice hockey player)

Pekka Rinne
1
Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempele

 29 
Tuomas Holopainen
(Songwriter)

Tuomas Holopainen
2
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 30 
Jukka Hilden
(Stunt performer)

Jukka Hilden
1
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 31 

Jasper Paakkonen
2
Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 32 
Heikki Kovalainen
(Formula One driver)

Heikki Kovalainen
2
Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi

 33 

Robert Helenius
3
Birthdate: January 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 34 
Darude
(Disc jockey, Record producer)

Darude
2
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eura

 35 
Lukáš Hrádecký
(Footballer)

Lukáš Hrádecký
2
Birthdate: November 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

 36 
Martti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)

Martti Ahtisaari
3
Birthdate: June 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician who served as the tenth president of Finland; he was in office from 1994 to 2000. In 2008, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for playing an important role in resolving long-lasting and serious conflicts, such as the ones in Namibia and Iraq. In 2008, he was also awarded the Delta Prize for Global Understanding.

 37 
Jukka Nevalainen
(Metal drummer who is known for his work with the bands Nightwish and Sethian.)

Jukka Nevalainen
2
Birthdate: April 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 38 
Tommi Mäkinen
(Racing driver)

Tommi Mäkinen
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

 39 
Urho Kekkonen
(President)

Urho Kekkonen
4
Birthdate: September 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pielavesi, Finland
Died: August 31, 1986

 40 
Kasperi Kapanen
(Ice hockey player)

Kasperi Kapanen
2
Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuopio

 41 
Lasse Virén
(Long-distance runner)

Lasse Virén
2
Birthdate: July 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Myrskylä, Finland

 42 
Jesse Puljujarvi
(Ice hockey winger)

Jesse Puljujarvi
1
Birthdate: May 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Älvkarleby, Sweden

 43 
Joel Pohjanpalo
(Association football player)

Joel Pohjanpalo
1
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki

 44 
Henri Toivonen
(Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

Henri Toivonen
1
Birthdate: August 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jyväskylä
Died: May 2, 1986

 45 
Eliel Saarinen
(architect)

Eliel Saarinen
1
Birthdate: August 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rantasalmi
Died: July 1, 1950

 46 
Patrik Antonius
(Tennis player)

Patrik Antonius
1
Birthdate: December 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 47 

Ville Virtanen
1
Birthdate: August 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 48 
Ari Vatanen
(Rally driver, Politician)

Ari Vatanen
1
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastern Finland Province

 49 
Mikael Granlund
(Ice hockey player)

Mikael Granlund
2
Birthdate: February 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oulu

 50 

Esa-Pekka Salonen
2
Birthdate: June 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland