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
28 December 1969
Software Engineer

Kim Dotcom Kim Dotcom
21 January 1974
Entrepreneur, Programmer, Hacker

Lauri TörniLauri Törni
28 May 1919

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius
08 December 1865

Tove JanssonTove Jansson
09 August 1914
Jari LitmanenJari Litmanen
20 February 1971

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
04 June 1867
Military Leader

Maila NurmiMaila Nurmi
11 December 1922
Eero SaarinenEero Saarinen
20 August 1910

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963
Olympic athlete
Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto
03 February 1898

Sauli KoskinenSauli Koskinen
28 March 1985
Television Host

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
10 March 1987
Ice Hockey Goaltender

Martti Oiva Kalevi AhtisaariMartti Ahtisaari
23 June 1937
Former President of Finland

Sara Maria ForsbergSara Maria Forsberg
02 May 1994
Finnish Singer, Songwriter
Isac ElliotIsac Elliot
26 December 2000
Singer, Songwriter

Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit
30 October 1900

Uuno KailasUuno Kailas
29 March 1901

21 May 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Hella WuolijokiHella Wuolijoki
22 July 1886

Minttu VirtanenMinttu Virtanen
12 November 1986
Fitness Model, Wife of Kimi Raikkonen
24 August 1998

Peter SundePeter Sunde
13 September 1978
Computer scientist, Politician

Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
08 April 1979
Guitarist, Singer, Composer
Kimi RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen
17 October 1979

Valtteri BottasValtteri Bottas
28 August 1989
Racing driver
Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
06 December 1948
Formula One driver, Racecar driver

Tarja TurunenTarja Turunen
17 August 1977
Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist,

Mika HäkkinenMika Häkkinen
28 September 1968
Finnish racing driver
Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
29 March 1990
Association football player

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George GaynesGeorge Gaynes
03 May 1917
Renny HarlinRenny Harlin
15 March 1959

Lauri MarkkanenLauri Markkanen
22 May 1997
Basketball player

Ville ValoVille Valo
22 November 1976
Singer, Songwriter, Drummer

Joonas SuotamoJoonas Suotamo
03 October 1986
Sauli NiinistöSauli Niinistö
24 August 1948
Marco HietalaMarco Hietala
14 January 1966
Bassist, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Tuomas HolopainenTuomas Holopainen
25 December 1976
Pianist, Composer, Poet, Record producer,

Pihla ViitalaPihla Viitala
30 September 1982

Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
08 May 1920
Painter, Illustrator
Sami HyypiäSami Hyypiä
07 October 1973
Association football player, Association football

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
03 July 1970
Ice hockey player

Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
19 October 1981
Formula One driver

17 July 1975
Disc jockey, Record producer

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
21 April 1978
Musician, Drummer
Henri ToivonenHenri Toivonen
25 August 1956
Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver

Jussi JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen
19 April 1975
Aki KaurismäkiAki Kaurismäki
04 April 1957
Finnish screenwriter

Michael MonroeMichael Monroe
17 June 1962
Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist

Lukáš HrádeckýLukáš Hrádecký
24 November 1989
Roope LatvalaRoope Latvala
25 June 1970

Urho KekkonenUrho Kekkonen
03 September 1900
Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
23 July 1996
Ice hockey player

Erno Matti Juhani VuorinenErno Matti Juhani Vuorinen
24 June 1978

Tommi MäkinenTommi Mäkinen
26 June 1964
Racing driver

Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen
24 December 1943
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer

Tony HalmeTony Halme
06 January 1963
Boxer, Politician, Singer, Professional wrestler
Paavo NurmiPaavo Nurmi
13 June 1897
Long-distance runner, Marathon runner, Athletics

Janne WirmanJanne Wirman
26 April 1979

Mika SaloMika Salo
30 November 1966
Formula One driver, Racecar driver

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
12 March 1983
Ice hockey player
Jari KurriJari Kurri
18 May 1960
Ice hockey player

Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
01 December 1970
Actor, Film actor, Powerlifter
Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
02 January 1969
rapper, singer

Lauri TilkanenLauri Tilkanen
06 November 1987

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
27 April 1952
Rally driver, Politician
Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
11 October 1962
Musician, Guitarist

Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
23 November 1974
Ice hockey player
Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
03 November 1982
Ice hockey player

Juha KankkunenJuha Kankkunen
02 April 1959
Rally driver

Risto RytiRisto Ryti
03 February 1889
Politician, President
Antti NiemiAntti Niemi
31 May 1972
association football player, association football

Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
15 March 1981
Association football player
Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
13 September 1994
Association football player

Esa-Pekka SalonenEsa-Pekka Salonen
30 June 1958

Ilmari JuutilainenIlmari Juutilainen
21 February 1914
Aviator, Military personnel

Aleksander Barkov, Jr.Aleksander Barkov, Jr.
02 September 1995
Janne AhonenJanne Ahonen
11 May 1977
Ski jumper
Lasse VirénLasse Virén
22 July 1949
Finnish runner

Alexander StubbAlexander Stubb
01 April 1968
Politician, Diplomat

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
03 March 1966
Record producer, Guitarist

Esa TikkanenEsa Tikkanen
25 January 1965
Ice hockey player
Tim SparvTim Sparv
20 February 1987
Association football player

Jari-Matti LatvalaJari-Matti Latvala
03 April 1985
Rally driver

Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen
20 August 1873

Kyösti KallioKyösti Kallio
10 April 1873
Political leader

Shefki KuqiShefki Kuqi
10 November 1976
Association football player, Association football
Marcus GrönholmMarcus Grönholm
05 February 1968
Rally driver

Akseli Gallen-KallelaAkseli Gallen-Kallela
26 April 1865
Finnish painter
Mauno KoivistoMauno Koivisto
25 November 1923

Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
23 April 1979
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Miikka KiprusoffMiikka Kiprusoff
26 October 1976
Ice hockey player
Matti VanhanenMatti Vanhanen
04 November 1955
Prime Minister