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
(Sniper)

17 December 1905

Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
(Software Engineer)

28 December 1969

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius
(Composer)

08 December 1865

Tove JanssonTove Jansson
(Novelist)

09 August 1914

Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto
(Architect)

03 February 1898

Martti Oiva Kalevi AhtisaariMartti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)

23 June 1937

RobinRobin
(Singer)

24 August 1998

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
(Olympic athlete)

17 July 1963

Isac ElliotIsac Elliot
(Singer, Songwriter)

26 December 2000

Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit
(Physiologist)

30 October 1900

Minttu VirtanenMinttu Virtanen
(Fitness Model, Wife of Kimi Raikkonen)

12 November 1986

Hella WuolijokiHella Wuolijoki
(Writer)

22 July 1886

SanniSanni
(Singer, Songwriter)

21 May 1993

Uuno KailasUuno Kailas
(Poet)

29 March 1901

Sara Maria ForsbergSara Maria Forsberg
(Finnish Singer, Songwriter)

02 May 1994

Kim DotcomKim Dotcom
(Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Programmer, Businessperson, Hacker)

21 January 1974

Tarja TurunenTarja Turunen
(Singer, Opera singer, Composer, Pianist, Songwriter)

17 August 1977

Mika HäkkinenMika Häkkinen
(Finnish racing driver)

28 September 1968

Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
(Association football player)

29 March 1990

Eero SaarinenEero Saarinen
(Architect, Designer)

20 August 1910

Ville ValoVille Valo
(Singer, Songwriter, Drummer)

22 November 1976

Carl Gustaf Emil MannerheimCarl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(Statesman, Explorer, Politician, Officer)

04 June 1867

Jari LitmanenJari Litmanen
(Association football player)

20 February 1971

Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

06 December 1948

Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
(Painter, Illustrator)

08 May 1920

Sami HyypiäSami Hyypiä
(Association football player, Association football manager)

07 October 1973

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Ice hockey player)

03 July 1970

Sauli NiinistöSauli Niinistö
(President)

24 August 1948

Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
(Formula One driver)

19 October 1981

DarudeDarude
(Disc jockey, Record producer)

17 July 1975

Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
(Ice hockey player)

23 July 1996

Tuomas HolopainenTuomas Holopainen
(Pianist, Composer, Poet, Record producer, Songwriter)

25 December 1976

Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Computer scientist, Politician)

13 September 1978

Roman EremenkoRoman Eremenko
(Association football player)

19 March 1987

Marco HietalaMarco Hietala
(Bassist, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)

14 January 1966

Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
(Guitarist, Singer, Composer)

08 April 1979

Alexander StubbAlexander Stubb
(Politician, Diplomat)

01 April 1968

Aki KaurismäkiAki Kaurismäki
(Finnish screenwriter)

04 April 1957

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Ice hockey player)

10 March 1987

Paavo NurmiPaavo Nurmi
(Long-distance runner, Marathon runner, Athletics competitor)

13 June 1897

Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
(Ice hockey player)

03 November 1982

Michael MonroeMichael Monroe
(Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist)

17 June 1962

Jussi JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen
(Footballer)

19 April 1975

Urho KekkonenUrho Kekkonen
(Politician, Diplomat, Athletics competitor, Lawyer, Journalist)

03 September 1900

Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
(rapper, singer)

02 January 1969

Tony HalmeTony Halme
(Boxer, Politician, Singer, Professional wrestler)

06 January 1963

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
(Musician, Drummer)

21 April 1978

Arto PaasilinnaArto Paasilinna
(Writer)

20 April 1942

Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
(Association football player)

15 March 1981

Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

23 April 1979

Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen
(Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer)

24 December 1943

Tommi MäkinenTommi Mäkinen
(Racing driver)

26 June 1964

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
(Ice hockey player)

12 March 1983

Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen
(architect)

20 August 1873

Mika SaloMika Salo
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

30 November 1966

Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
(Association football player)

13 September 1994

Jari KurriJari Kurri
(Ice hockey player)

18 May 1960

Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
(Ice hockey player)

23 November 1974

Henri ToivonenHenri Toivonen
(Rally driver, Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)

25 August 1956

Leo KomarovLeo Komarov
(Ice hockey player)

23 January 1987

Risto RytiRisto Ryti
(Politician, President)

03 February 1889

Lasse VirénLasse Virén
(Finnish runner)

22 July 1949

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
(Rally driver, Politician)

27 April 1952

Mikael GranlundMikael Granlund
(Ice hockey player)

26 February 1992

Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
(Actor, Film actor, Powerlifter)

01 December 1970

Jari-Matti LatvalaJari-Matti Latvala
(Rally driver)

03 April 1985

Kari LehtonenKari Lehtonen
(Ice hockey player)

16 November 1983

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
(Record producer, Guitarist)

03 March 1966

Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
(Musician, Guitarist)

11 October 1962

Robin LodRobin Lod
(Association football player)

17 April 1993

Juha KankkunenJuha Kankkunen
(Rally driver)

02 April 1959

Niklas MoisanderNiklas Moisander
(Association football player)

29 September 1985

Einojuhani RautavaaraEinojuhani Rautavaara
(Composer, Musicologist, University teacher)

09 October 1928

Marcus GrönholmMarcus Grönholm
(Rally driver)

05 February 1968

Shefki KuqiShefki Kuqi
(Association football player, Association football manager)

10 November 1976