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

Kimi Raikkonen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 2 Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg
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Famous As: Formula One Racing Driver
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.

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 3 Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland

 4 Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius
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Famous As: Composer
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.

 5 Simo Häyhä

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Famous As: Sniper
Birthdate: December 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rautjärvi
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.

 6 Mika Häkkinen

Mika Häkkinen
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Famous As: Finnish racing driver
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 7 Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds
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Famous As: Software Engineer
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.
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 8 Eero Saarinen

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Famous As: Architect
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.

 9 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
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Famous As: Military Leader
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.

 10 Kim Dotcom

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Hacker
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kiel, West Germany

Kim Dotcom is a German-Finnish internet entrepreneur and political activist. He first gained fame in the 1990s as an internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload. He is a controversial person and was once convicted on charges of computer fraud. He loves music and has released one album and a few singles. 

 11 Teemu Pukki

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotka

 12 Joonas Suotamo

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

 13 Lauri Markkanen

Lauri Markkanen
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 14 Lauri Törni

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Famous As: Soldier
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.

 15 Alvar Aalto

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Famous As: Architect
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.

 16 Jari Litmanen

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Famous As: Footballer
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 Sauli Koskinen

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Famous As: Television Host
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.

 18 Ville Valo

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 19 Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask
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Famous As: Ice Hockey Goaltender
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.

 20 Tom of Finland

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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birthdate: May 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaarina
Died: November 7, 1991

 21 George Gaynes

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

 22 Sami Hyypiä

Sami Hyypiä
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: October 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porvoo

 23 Matti Nykänen

Matti Nykänen
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Famous As: Ski jumper
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.

 24 Makwan Amirkhani

Makwan Amirkhani
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran

 25 Pekka Rinne

Pekka Rinne
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempele

 26 Peter Franzen

Peter Franzen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Keminmaa, Finland

 27 Jari Kurri

Jari Kurri
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: May 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki

 28 Teemu Selänne

Teemu Selänne
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki

 29 Jasper Paakkonen

Jasper Paakkonen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 30 Jukka Hilden

Jukka Hilden
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Famous As: Stunt performer
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 31 Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen
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Famous As: Formula One driver
Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi

 32 Paavo Nurmi

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Famous As: Long-distance runner
Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973

 33 Darude

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Famous As: Disc jockey, Record producer
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eura

 34 Jukka Nevalainen

Jukka Nevalainen
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Famous As: Musician, Drummer
Birthdate: April 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kitee

 35 Tuomas Holopainen

Tuomas Holopainen
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 36 Robert Helenius

Robert Helenius
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 37 Jussi Jääskeläinen

Jussi Jääskeläinen
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mikkeli

 38 Saku Koivu

Saku Koivu
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: November 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turku

 39 Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari
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Famous As: Former President of Finland
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.

 40 Raymond Ebanks

Raymond Ebanks
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Famous As: rapper, singer
Birthdate: January 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London

 41 Aki Kaurismäki

Aki Kaurismäki
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Famous As: Finnish screenwriter
Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orimattila

 42 Emppu Vuorinen

Emppu Vuorinen
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 43 Tommi Mäkinen

Tommi Mäkinen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

 44 Mikko Koivu

Mikko Koivu
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: March 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turku

 45 Tony Halme

Tony Halme
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: January 8, 2010

 46 Joel Pohjanpalo

Joel Pohjanpalo
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki

 47 Henri Toivonen

Henri Toivonen
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Famous As: Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: August 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jyväskylä
Died: May 2, 1986

 48 Esa-Pekka Salonen

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

 49 Peter Sunde

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uddevalla

 50 Mikael Forssell

Mikael Forssell
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Steinfurt