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

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
10 March 1987
Ice Hockey Goaltender

Lauri TörniLauri Törni
28 May 1919

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius
08 December 1865
Maila NurmiMaila Nurmi
11 December 1922

Tove JanssonTove Jansson
09 August 1914

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
04 June 1867
Military Leader
Jari LitmanenJari Litmanen
20 February 1971

Eero SaarinenEero Saarinen
20 August 1910
Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto
03 February 1898

Sauli KoskinenSauli Koskinen
28 March 1985
Television Host

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
17 July 1963
Olympic athlete

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

24 August 1998
Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit
30 October 1900

Isac ElliotIsac Elliot
26 December 2000
Singer, Songwriter

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

Uuno KailasUuno Kailas
29 March 1901
Hella WuolijokiHella Wuolijoki
22 July 1886

21 May 1993
Singer, Songwriter
Sara Maria ForsbergSara Maria Forsberg
02 May 1994
Finnish Singer, Songwriter

Valtteri BottasValtteri Bottas
28 August 1989
Racing driver

Peter SundePeter Sunde
13 September 1978
Computer scientist, Politician
Mika HäkkinenMika Häkkinen
28 September 1968
Finnish racing driver

Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
06 December 1948
Formula One driver, Racecar driver
Tarja TurunenTarja Turunen
17 August 1977
Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist,

Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
29 March 1990
Association football player

Renny HarlinRenny Harlin
15 March 1959
Ville ValoVille Valo
22 November 1976
Singer, Songwriter, Drummer

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George GaynesGeorge Gaynes
03 May 1917
Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
19 October 1981
Formula One driver

Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
08 May 1920
Painter, Illustrator

Pihla ViitalaPihla Viitala
30 September 1982

Lauri MarkkanenLauri Markkanen
22 May 1997
Basketball player
Sauli NiinistöSauli Niinistö
24 August 1948
Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
23 July 1996
Ice hockey player

Sami HyypiäSami Hyypiä
07 October 1973
Association football player, Association football

Joonas SuotamoJoonas Suotamo
03 October 1986

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
12 March 1983
Ice hockey player
Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
03 July 1970
Ice hockey player

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

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

Aki KaurismäkiAki Kaurismäki
04 April 1957
Finnish screenwriter

Urho KekkonenUrho Kekkonen
03 September 1900
17 July 1975
Disc jockey, Record producer

Mika SaloMika Salo
30 November 1966
Formula One driver, Racecar driver
Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
08 April 1979
Guitarist, Singer, Composer

Lukáš HrádeckýLukáš Hrádecký
24 November 1989

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

Jussi JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen
19 April 1975
Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
23 November 1974
Ice hockey player

Henri ToivonenHenri Toivonen
25 August 1956
Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
21 April 1978
Musician, Drummer

Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
13 September 1994
Association football player

Tim SparvTim Sparv
20 February 1987
Association football player
Lauri TilkanenLauri Tilkanen
06 November 1987

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
Leo KomarovLeo Komarov
23 January 1987
Ice hockey player

Jari KurriJari Kurri
18 May 1960
Ice hockey player
Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
03 November 1982
Ice hockey player

Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
02 January 1969
rapper, singer

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
27 April 1952
Rally driver, Politician
Esa-Pekka SalonenEsa-Pekka Salonen
30 June 1958

Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
11 October 1962
Musician, Guitarist
Lasse VirénLasse Virén
22 July 1949
Finnish runner

Risto RytiRisto Ryti
03 February 1889
Politician, President

Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
15 March 1981
Association football player
Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen
20 August 1873

Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
01 December 1970
Actor, Film actor, Powerlifter
Akseli Gallen-KallelaAkseli Gallen-Kallela
26 April 1865
Finnish painter

Emilia PikkarainenEmilia Pikkarainen
11 October 1992

Mikael GranlundMikael Granlund
26 February 1992
Ice hockey player

Miikka KiprusoffMiikka Kiprusoff
26 October 1976
Ice hockey player
Juha KankkunenJuha Kankkunen
02 April 1959
Rally driver
Matti VanhanenMatti Vanhanen
04 November 1955
Prime Minister

Kyösti KallioKyösti Kallio
10 April 1873
Political leader

Marcus GrönholmMarcus Grönholm
05 February 1968
Rally driver

Ilmari JuutilainenIlmari Juutilainen
21 February 1914
Aviator, Military personnel
Roman EremenkoRoman Eremenko
19 March 1987
Association football player

Esa TikkanenEsa Tikkanen
25 January 1965
Ice hockey player

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
03 March 1966
Record producer, Guitarist

Niklas MoisanderNiklas Moisander
29 September 1985
Association football player

Mauno KoivistoMauno Koivisto
25 November 1923
Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
23 April 1979
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Kaija SaariahoKaija Saariaho
14 October 1952
Olli JokinenOlli Jokinen
05 December 1978
Ice hockey player

Mika WaltariMika Waltari
19 September 1908
Writer, Translator, Journalist, Novelist,
Jesse JoronenJesse Joronen
21 March 1993
Association football player
Kari LehtonenKari Lehtonen
16 November 1983
Ice hockey player