What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Finland? Endless winter, frozen lakes, subzero temperature and, pure wilderness! You might be right about these things. But then, there is more to it than just its quirky, eerie, snow smothered image. Agreed, Finnish are skittish by nature and just way too humble to blow their own trumpet. But that does not, in any way, miniscule the importance of the country and its people. In fact, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that behind its snow-covered façade lies a cutting-edge urban space and a gamut of industrious men and women. Yes, the inspirational country of the Finns teems with memorable people whose contribution in the upliftment of the land and the world at large has been colossal. Get to know all about the lives of some famous Finnish people in the biographies below that charter the lives and feats of these men through their timelines, trivia, and interesting facts.
Simo HäyhäSimo Häyhä

17 December 1905

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
(Software Engineer)

28 December 1969

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius

08 December 1865

Tove JanssonTove Jansson

09 August 1914

Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto

03 February 1898

Martti Oiva Kalevi AhtisaariMartti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)

23 June 1937

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
(Olympic athlete)

17 July 1963


24 August 1998

Isac ElliotIsac Elliot
(Singer, Songwriter)

26 December 2000

Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit

30 October 1900

Hella WuolijokiHella Wuolijoki

22 July 1886

Uuno KailasUuno Kailas

29 March 1901

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Minttu VirtanenMinttu Virtanen
(Fitness Model, Wife of Kimi Raikkonen)

12 November 1986

(Singer, Songwriter)

21 May 1993

Sara Maria ForsbergSara Maria Forsberg
(Finnish Singer, Songwriter)

02 May 1994

Kim DotcomKim Dotcom
(Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Programmer, Businessperson, Hacker)

21 January 1974

Tarja TurunenTarja Turunen
(Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter)

17 August 1977

Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
(Association football player)

29 March 1990

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Mika HäkkinenMika Häkkinen
(Finnish racing driver)

28 September 1968

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(Statesman, Explorer, Politician, Officer)

04 June 1867

Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
(Painter, Illustrator)

08 May 1920

Ville ValoVille Valo
(Singer, Songwriter, Drummer)

22 November 1976

Eero SaarinenEero Saarinen
(Architect, Designer)

20 August 1910

Jari LitmanenJari Litmanen
(Association football player)

20 February 1971

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Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Ice hockey player)

03 July 1970

Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
(Ice hockey player)

23 July 1996

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Ice hockey player)

10 March 1987

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

07 October 1973

Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

06 December 1948

Sauli NiinistöSauli Niinistö

24 August 1948

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Tuomas HolopainenTuomas Holopainen
(Pianist, Composer, Poet, Record producer, Songwriter)

25 December 1976

Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
(Ice hockey player)

03 November 1982

(Disc jockey, Record producer)

17 July 1975

Alexander StubbAlexander Stubb
(Politician, Diplomat)

01 April 1968

Marco HietalaMarco Hietala
(Bassist, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)

14 January 1966

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
(Ice hockey player)

12 March 1983

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Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
(Guitarist, Singer, Composer)

08 April 1979

Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Computer scientist, Politician)

13 September 1978

Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
(Formula One driver)

19 October 1981

Aki KaurismäkiAki Kaurismäki
(Finnish screenwriter)

04 April 1957

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
(Musician, Drummer)

21 April 1978

Arto PaasilinnaArto Paasilinna

20 April 1942

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Roman EremenkoRoman Eremenko
(Association football player)

19 March 1987

Michael MonroeMichael Monroe
(Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist)

17 June 1962

Urho KekkonenUrho Kekkonen
(Politician, Diplomat, Athletics competitor, Lawyer, Journalist)

03 September 1900

Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
(Ice hockey player)

23 November 1974

Tony HalmeTony Halme
(Boxer, Politician, Singer, Professional wrestler)

06 January 1963

Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
(rapper, singer)

02 January 1969

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Jussi JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen

19 April 1975

Jari KurriJari Kurri
(Ice hockey player)

18 May 1960

Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen
(Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer)

24 December 1943

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

25 August 1956

Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
(Association football player)

15 March 1981

Mikael GranlundMikael Granlund
(Ice hockey player)

26 February 1992

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Paavo NurmiPaavo Nurmi
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner, Athletics competitor)

13 June 1897

Leo KomarovLeo Komarov
(Ice hockey player)

23 January 1987

Tommi MäkinenTommi Mäkinen
(Racing driver)

26 June 1964

Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
(Musician, Guitarist)

11 October 1962

Miikka KiprusoffMiikka Kiprusoff
(Ice hockey player)

26 October 1976

Kari LehtonenKari Lehtonen
(Ice hockey player)

16 November 1983

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Rasmus RistolainenRasmus Ristolainen
(Ice hockey player)

27 October 1994

Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
(Actor, Film actor, Powerlifter)

01 December 1970

Risto RytiRisto Ryti
(Politician, President)

03 February 1889

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
(Rally driver, Politician)

27 April 1952

Jari-Matti LatvalaJari-Matti Latvala
(Rally driver)

03 April 1985

Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

23 April 1979

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Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen

20 August 1873

Mika SaloMika Salo
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

30 November 1966

Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
(Association football player)

13 September 1994

Juha KankkunenJuha Kankkunen
(Rally driver)

02 April 1959

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
(Record producer, Guitarist)

03 March 1966

Shefki KuqiShefki Kuqi
(Association football player, Association football manager)

10 November 1976

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Petteri KoponenPetteri Koponen
(Basketball player)

13 April 1988

Einojuhani RautavaaraEinojuhani Rautavaara
(Composer, Musicologist, University teacher)

09 October 1928

Akseli Gallen-KallelaAkseli Gallen-Kallela
(Finnish painter)

26 April 1865