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
Sniper
Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
28 December 1969
Software Engineer

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

Maila NurmiMaila Nurmi
11 December 1922
Actress

Lauri TörniLauri Törni
28 May 1919
Soldier

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

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius
08 December 1865
Composer

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
10 March 1987
Ice Hockey Goaltender
Tove JanssonTove Jansson
09 August 1914
Novelist

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

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

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

RobinRobin
24 August 1998
Singer

Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit
30 October 1900
Physiologist

Minttu VirtanenMinttu Virtanen
12 November 1986
Fitness Model, Wife of Kimi Raikkonen
Uuno KailasUuno Kailas
29 March 1901
Poet

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

Kimi RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen
17 October 1979
 

Valtteri BottasValtteri Bottas
28 August 1989
Racing driver
Sanna MarinSanna Marin
16 November 1985
Prime Minister

Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
29 March 1990
Association football player
George GaynesGeorge Gaynes
03 May 1917
Actor

Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
08 April 1979
Guitarist

Mika HäkkinenMika Häkkinen
28 September 1968
Finnish racing driver
Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
06 December 1948
Formula One driver, Racecar driver

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Tarja TurunenTarja Turunen
17 August 1977
Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist,
Renny HarlinRenny Harlin
15 March 1959
Director

Ville ValoVille Valo
22 November 1976
Singer

Lauri MarkkanenLauri Markkanen
22 May 1997
Basketball player

Peter FranzenPeter Franzen
14 August 1971
Actor
Sauli NiinistöSauli Niinistö
24 August 1948
President
Marko HietalaMarko Hietala
14 January 1966
Vocalist

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
03 July 1970
Ice hockey player

Armi KuuselaArmi Kuusela
20 August 1934
Model

Jasper PaakkonenJasper Paakkonen
15 July 1980
Actor
Sami HyypiäSami Hyypiä
07 October 1973
Association football player, Association football

Makwan AmirkhaniMakwan Amirkhani
08 November 1988
Mixed martial artist

Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
08 May 1920
Painter, Illustrator

Tuomas HolopainenTuomas Holopainen
25 December 1976
Songwriter

Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
03 November 1982
Ice hockey player
Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
19 October 1981
Formula One driver

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
12 March 1983
Ice hockey player
Robert HeleniusRobert Helenius
02 January 1984
Boxer

Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
23 July 1996
Ice hockey player

Pihla ViitalaPihla Viitala
30 September 1982
Actress
Mr LordiMr Lordi
15 February 1974
Musician

Joonas SuotamoJoonas Suotamo
03 October 1986
Actor
Urho KekkonenUrho Kekkonen
03 September 1900
President

Krista KosonenKrista Kosonen
28 May 1983
Actress

Aleksander Barkov, Jr.Aleksander Barkov, Jr.
02 September 1995
 

DarudeDarude
17 July 1975
Disc jockey, Record producer

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

Michael MonroeMichael Monroe
17 June 1962
Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist

Emil RuusuvuoriEmil Ruusuvuori
02 April 1999
Tennis player

Jenni DahlmanJenni Dahlman
27 October 1981
Model
Henri ToivonenHenri Toivonen
25 August 1956
Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver

Tony HalmeTony Halme
06 January 1963
Politician
Jari KurriJari Kurri
18 May 1960
Ice hockey player

Paavo NurmiPaavo Nurmi
13 June 1897
Long-distance runner

Emppu VuorinenEmppu Vuorinen
24 June 1978
Guitarist
Lukáš HrádeckýLukáš Hrádecký
24 November 1989
Footballer

Jukka HildenJukka Hilden
03 August 1980
Stunt performer
Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
21 April 1978
Musician, Drummer

Peter SundePeter Sunde
13 September 1978
Computer scientist, Politician

Ville VirtanenVille Virtanen
19 August 1961
Actor
Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen
24 December 1943
Politician

Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
13 September 1994
Association football player
Tommi MäkinenTommi Mäkinen
26 June 1964
Racing driver

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

Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
15 March 1981
Association football player

Antti NiemiAntti Niemi
31 May 1972
association football player, association football
Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
23 November 1974
Ice hockey player
Tim SparvTim Sparv
20 February 1987
Association football player

Risto RytiRisto Ryti
03 February 1889
Politician, President

Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
02 January 1969
rapper, singer

Shefki KuqiShefki Kuqi
10 November 1976
Association football player, Association football
Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
01 December 1970
Powerlifter

Anu SinisaloAnu Sinisalo
03 March 1966
Actress

Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
11 October 1962
Musician, Guitarist

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
03 March 1966
Record producer, Guitarist

Saara AaltoSaara Aalto
02 May 1987
Singer-songwriter
Emilia PikkarainenEmilia Pikkarainen
11 October 1992
Swimmer

Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen
20 August 1873
architect
Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
23 April 1979
Singer-songwriter

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
27 April 1952
Rally driver, Politician
Mikael GranlundMikael Granlund
26 February 1992
Ice hockey player
Irina BjorklundIrina Bjorklund
07 February 1973
Actress