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

Jari LitmanenJari Litmanen
20 February 1971

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius
08 December 1865

Eero SaarinenEero Saarinen
20 August 1910
Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
04 June 1867
Military Leader

Tove JanssonTove Jansson
09 August 1914

Maila NurmiMaila Nurmi
11 December 1922
Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto
03 February 1898

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
10 March 1987
Ice Hockey Goaltender
Sauli KoskinenSauli Koskinen
28 March 1985
Television Host

24 August 1998

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

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963
Olympic athlete

Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit
30 October 1900
Isac ElliotIsac Elliot
26 December 2000
Singer, Songwriter

Uuno KailasUuno Kailas
29 March 1901

Hella WuolijokiHella Wuolijoki
22 July 1886

21 May 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Minttu VirtanenMinttu Virtanen
12 November 1986
Fitness Model, Wife of Kimi Raikkonen

Sara Maria ForsbergSara Maria Forsberg
02 May 1994
Finnish Singer, Songwriter
Valtteri BottasValtteri Bottas
28 August 1989
Racing driver

Mika HäkkinenMika Häkkinen
28 September 1968
Finnish racing driver

Tarja TurunenTarja Turunen
17 August 1977
Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist,
Joonas SuotamoJoonas Suotamo
03 October 1986

Sami HyypiäSami Hyypiä
07 October 1973
Association football player, Association football
George GaynesGeorge Gaynes
03 May 1917

Ville ValoVille Valo
22 November 1976
Singer, Songwriter, Drummer

Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
06 December 1948
Formula One driver, Racecar driver
Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
08 May 1920
Painter, Illustrator

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Renny HarlinRenny Harlin
15 March 1959
Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
29 March 1990
Association football player

Jussi JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen
19 April 1975

Lauri MarkkanenLauri Markkanen
22 May 1997
Basketball player

Sauli NiinistöSauli Niinistö
24 August 1948
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
03 July 1970
Ice hockey player
Tuomas HolopainenTuomas Holopainen
25 December 1976
Pianist, Composer, Poet, Record producer,

Pihla ViitalaPihla Viitala
30 September 1982

Marco HietalaMarco Hietala
14 January 1966
Bassist, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
08 April 1979
Guitarist, Singer, Composer
Tony HalmeTony Halme
06 January 1963
Boxer, Politician, Singer, Professional wrestler

Aki KaurismäkiAki Kaurismäki
04 April 1957
Finnish screenwriter

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
21 April 1978
Musician, Drummer

17 July 1975
Disc jockey, Record producer

Henri ToivonenHenri Toivonen
25 August 1956
Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
19 October 1981
Formula One driver

Peter SundePeter Sunde
13 September 1978
Computer scientist, Politician
Jari KurriJari Kurri
18 May 1960
Ice hockey player

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

Paavo NurmiPaavo Nurmi
13 June 1897
Long-distance runner, Marathon runner, Athletics
Michael MonroeMichael Monroe
17 June 1962
Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist

Urho KekkonenUrho Kekkonen
03 September 1900
Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
15 March 1981
Association football player

Esa-Pekka SalonenEsa-Pekka Salonen
30 June 1958

Tommi MäkinenTommi Mäkinen
26 June 1964
Racing driver

Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen
24 December 1943
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
12 March 1983
Ice hockey player
Juha KankkunenJuha Kankkunen
02 April 1959
Rally driver

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
03 March 1966
Record producer, Guitarist

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
27 April 1952
Rally driver, Politician

Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
01 December 1970
Actor, Film actor, Powerlifter
Esa TikkanenEsa Tikkanen
25 January 1965
Ice hockey player

Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
02 January 1969
rapper, singer
Kaija SaariahoKaija Saariaho
14 October 1952

Risto RytiRisto Ryti
03 February 1889
Politician, President

Lasse VirénLasse Virén
22 July 1949
Finnish runner
Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen
20 August 1873

Shefki KuqiShefki Kuqi
10 November 1976
Association football player, Association football
Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
23 November 1974
Ice hockey player

Akseli Gallen-KallelaAkseli Gallen-Kallela
26 April 1865
Finnish painter

Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
11 October 1962
Musician, Guitarist
Ilmari JuutilainenIlmari Juutilainen
21 February 1914
Aviator, Military personnel

Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
03 November 1982
Ice hockey player
Marcus GrönholmMarcus Grönholm
05 February 1968
Rally driver

Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
13 September 1994
Association football player

Arto SaariArto Saari
09 November 1981

Mikael AgricolaMikael Agricola
1509 AD
linguist, priest, translator, theologian
Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
23 April 1979
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Mika WaltariMika Waltari
19 September 1908
Writer, Translator, Journalist, Novelist,

Einojuhani RautavaaraEinojuhani Rautavaara
09 October 1928
Composer, Musicologist, University teacher

Niklas MoisanderNiklas Moisander
29 September 1985
Association football player

Alexander StubbAlexander Stubb
01 April 1968
Politician, Diplomat
Miikka KiprusoffMiikka Kiprusoff
26 October 1976
Ice hockey player

Mauno KoivistoMauno Koivisto
25 November 1923

Tim SparvTim Sparv
20 February 1987
Association football player

Olli JokinenOlli Jokinen
05 December 1978
Ice hockey player

Kyösti KallioKyösti Kallio
10 April 1873
Political leader
Alexei EremenkoAlexei Eremenko
24 March 1983
Association football player

Minna CanthMinna Canth
19 March 1844
Vissarion BelinskyVissarion Belinsky
11 June 1811
Literary critic

Roman EremenkoRoman Eremenko
19 March 1987
Association football player
Eicca ToppinenEicca Toppinen
05 August 1975
Cellist, Composer, Musician, Drummer, Pianist
Kimmo TimonenKimmo Timonen
18 March 1975
Ice hockey player