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
(Racing driver)

Kimi Raikkonen
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

 2 
Valtteri Bottas
(Racing driver)

Valtteri Bottas
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland

 3 
Nico Rosberg
(Formula One Racing Driver)

Nico Rosberg
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.

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 4 
Mika Häkkinen
(Finnish racing driver)

Mika Häkkinen
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

 5 
Jean Sibelius
(Composer)

Jean Sibelius
11
Listed In: Musicians
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.

 6 
Simo Häyhä
(Sniper)

Simo Häyhä
18
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rautjärvi, Finland
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.

 7 
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
(6th President of Finland (1944 - 1946))

Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
7
Listed In: Leaders
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.

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 8 
Linus Torvalds
(Software Engineer, Main developer of the Linux kernel)

Linus Torvalds
7
Listed In: Engineers
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.

 9 
Sanna Marin
(Prime Minister)

Sanna Marin
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

 10 
Eero Saarinen
(Architect)

Eero Saarinen
5
Listed In: Architects
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.

 11 
Teemu Pukki
(Association football player)

Teemu Pukki
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotka

 12 
Lauri Markkanen
(Basketball player)

Lauri Markkanen
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 22, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

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

 14 
Alvar Aalto
(Architect)

Alvar Aalto
2
Listed In: Architects
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.

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 15 
Lauri Törni
(Soldier)

Lauri Törni
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
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.

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Keke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

Keke Rosberg
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solna Municipality

 17 
Tuukka Rask
(Ice hockey player)

Tuukka Rask
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.

 18 
Jari Litmanen
(Footballer)

Jari Litmanen
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
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.
 

 19 
Teemu Selänne
(Ice hockey player)

Teemu Selänne
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki

 20 
Tove Jansson
(Finnish Penwoman and the Author of the Children’s Book Series 'Moomin')

Tove Jansson
3
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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.

 21 
Sauli Koskinen
(Television Host)

Sauli Koskinen
2
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.

 22 
Tom of Finland
(Painter, Illustrator)

Tom of Finland
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kaarina
Died: November 7, 1991

 23 

George Gaynes
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland, Russia [now Finland]
Died: February 15, 2016

 24 
Jari Kurri
(Ice hockey player)

Jari Kurri
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki

 25 
Paavo Nurmi
(Long-distance runner)

Paavo Nurmi
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 13, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: October 2, 1973

 26 
Sauli Niinistö
(President)

Sauli Niinistö
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salo

 27 
Ville Valo
(Singer)

Ville Valo
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 28 
Matti Nykänen
(Ski jumper)

Matti Nykänen
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jyväskylä, Finland
Died: February 4, 2019

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.

 29 
Sami Hyypiä
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Sami Hyypiä
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porvoo

 30 
Pekka Rinne
(Ice hockey player)

Pekka Rinne
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kempele

 31 
Saara Aalto
(Singer-songwriter)

Saara Aalto
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oulunsalo, Finland

 32 
Tuomas Holopainen
(Songwriter)

Tuomas Holopainen
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 33 
Heikki Kovalainen
(Formula One driver)

Heikki Kovalainen
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suomussalmi

 34 
Jukka Hilden
(Stunt performer)

Jukka Hilden
1
Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 35 

Jasper Paakkonen
2
Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 36 
Darude
(Disc jockey, Record producer)

Darude
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eura

 37 

Armi Kuusela
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Muhos, Finland

 38 
Pihla Viitala
(Actress)

Pihla Viitala
0
Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

 39 

Robert Helenius
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 40 
Sara Maria Forsberg
(Singer-songwriter)

Sara Maria Forsberg
3
Listed In: Singers
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. 

 41 
Lukáš Hrádecký
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)

Lukáš Hrádecký
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Lukáš Hrádecký is a Finnish football player who plays as a goalkeeper for the Finland national team and Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Starting from 2016, Hrádecký was adjudged Finnish Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. In 2020, Lukáš Hrádecký helped his national team qualify for the UEFA European Championship for the first time.

 42 
Martti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)

Martti Ahtisaari
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)

Martti Ahtisaari is a Finnish politician who served as the tenth president of Finland; he was in office from 1994 to 2000. In 2008, he was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for playing an important role in resolving long-lasting and serious conflicts, such as the ones in Namibia and Iraq. In 2008, he was also awarded the Delta Prize for Global Understanding.

 43 
Tarja Turunen
(Soprano with a three and a half octave range)

Tarja Turunen
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 44 
Jukka Nevalainen
(Metal drummer who is known for his work with the bands Nightwish and Sethian.)

Jukka Nevalainen
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

 45 
Lasse Virén
(Long-distance runner)

Lasse Virén
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Myrskylä, Finland

 46 
Tommi Mäkinen
(Racing driver)

Tommi Mäkinen
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puuppola

 47 
Urho Kekkonen
(President)

Urho Kekkonen
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pielavesi, Finland
Died: August 31, 1986

 48 
Kasperi Kapanen
(Ice hockey player)

Kasperi Kapanen
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuopio

 49 
Jesse Puljujarvi
(Ice hockey winger)

Jesse Puljujarvi
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Älvkarleby, Sweden

 50 
Joel Pohjanpalo
(Association football player)

Joel Pohjanpalo
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki