Finnish

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.

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 1 Kimi Raikkonen

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

 2 Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland
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 3 Tarja Turunen

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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee

 4 Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius.
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Listed In: Musicians
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

Simo Häyhä.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Finnish racing driver
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 7 Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds.
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Listed In: Engineers
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 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim.
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Listed In: Leaders
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.

 9 Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom.
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Listed In: Engineers
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. 

 10 Sanna Marin

Sanna Marin
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: November 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

 11 Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen.
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Listed In: Architects
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.

 12 Teemu Pukki

Teemu Pukki
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotka

 13 Peter Sunde

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

 14 Lauri Törni

Lauri Törni.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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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Listed In: Architects
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

Jari Litmanen.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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 Joonas Suotamo

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

 18 Sauli Koskinen

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.

 19 Ville Valo

Ville Valo
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 20 Lauri Markkanen

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

 21 Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Rask.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 22 George Gaynes

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

 23 Maila Nurmi

Maila Nurmi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 10, 2008
Maila Nurmi’s glamorized horror character Vampira made her a favorite at nightclubs and even got her a show. Vampira originated from a Hollywood party that Nurmi had attended, dressed like an Addams Family character. While she had a child with Orson Welles, she was a close friend of James Dean.

 24 Tove Jansson

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.

 25 Saara Aalto

Saara Aalto
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oulunsalo, Finland

 26 Matti Nykänen

Matti Nykänen.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic athlete
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jyväskylä

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.

 27 Peter Franzen

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

 28 Jasper Paakkonen

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

 29 Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter, Illustrator
Birthdate: May 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaarina
Died: November 7, 1991

 30 Jari Kurri

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

 31 Pekka Rinne

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

 32 Sami Hyypiä

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

 33 Paavo Nurmi

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

 34 Makwan Amirkhani

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

 35 Darude

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

 36 Armi Kuusela

Armi Kuusela
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Muhos, Finland

 37 Alma (Finnish singer)

Alma (Finnish singer)
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland

 38 Tuomas Holopainen

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

 39 Robert Helenius

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

 40 Jussi Jääskeläinen

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

 41 Sara Maria Forsberg

Sara Maria Forsberg.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Finnish Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland

Sara Maria Forsberg is a Finnish singer, songwriter, and YouTube personality. She trained for a few years in a music academy in Jakobstad and began her career by posting videos on YouTube. In the mid-2010s, she signed to Capitol Records and released her debut single. She currently releases music as an independent artist. 

 42 Jukka Hilden

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

 43 Pihla Viitala

Pihla Viitala
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 44 Heikki Kovalainen

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

 45 Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist
Birthdate: June 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helsinki

 46 Jukka Nevalainen

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

 47 Aki Kaurismäki

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

 48 Tommi Mäkinen

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

 49 Raymond Ebanks

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

 50 Mikko Koivu

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