List of famous Finnish people with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Famous Finnish People

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.
Linus TorvaldsLinus Torvalds
(Software Engineer)

28 December 1969

Helsinki

Capricorn

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius
(Composer)

08 December 1865

20 September 1957

Hämeenlinna, Finland

Sagittarius

Alvar AaltoAlvar Aalto
(Architect)

03 February 1898

11 May 1976

Kuortane

Aquarius

Tove JanssonTove Jansson
(Novelist)

09 August 1914

27 June 2001

Helsinki

Leo

Martti Oiva Kalevi AhtisaariMartti Ahtisaari
(Former President of Finland)

23 June 1937

Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)

Cancer

Isac ElliotIsac Elliot
(Singer, Songwriter)

26 December 2000

Kauniainen, Finland

Capricorn

Matti NykänenMatti Nykänen
(Olympic athlete)

17 July 1963

Jyväskylä

Cancer

Ragnar GranitRagnar Granit
(Physiologist)

30 October 1900

12 March 1991

Riihimäki, Finland, Russian Empire

Scorpio

Hella WuolijokiHella Wuolijoki
(Writer)

22 July 1886

02 February 1954

Helme Parish

Cancer

Sara Maria ForsbergSara Maria Forsberg
(Finnish Singer, Songwriter)

02 May 1994

Jakobstad, Finland

Taurus

Uuno KailasUuno Kailas
(Poet)

29 March 1901

22 March 1933

Heinola

Aries

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

21 January 1974

Kiel

Aquarius

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

17 August 1977

Kitee

Leo

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

04 June 1867

27 January 1951

Askainen

Gemini

Eero SaarinenEero Saarinen
(Architect, Designer)

20 August 1910

01 September 1961

Kirkkonummi

Leo

DarudeDarude
(Disc jockey, Record producer)

17 July 1975

Eura

Cancer

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

07 October 1973

Porvoo

Libra

Jari LitmanenJari Litmanen
(Association football player)

20 February 1971

Lahti

Pisces

Keke RosbergKeke Rosberg
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

06 December 1948

Solna Municipality

Sagittarius

Ville ValoVille Valo
(Singer, Songwriter, Drummer)

22 November 1976

Helsinki

Scorpio

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

25 December 1976

Kitee

Capricorn

Teemu SelänneTeemu Selänne
(Ice hockey player)

03 July 1970

Helsinki

Cancer

Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Computer scientist, Politician)

13 September 1978

Uddevalla

Virgo

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

14 January 1966

Tervo

Capricorn

Alexi LaihoAlexi Laiho
(Guitarist, Singer, Composer)

08 April 1979

Espoo

Aries

Michael MonroeMichael Monroe
(Singer, Saxophonist, Pianist)

17 June 1962

Helsinki

Gemini

Tom of FinlandTom of Finland
(Painter, Illustrator)

08 May 1920

07 November 1991

Kaarina

Taurus

Jukka NevalainenJukka Nevalainen
(Musician, Drummer)

21 April 1978

Kitee

Taurus

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

03 September 1900

31 August 1986

Pielavesi

Virgo

Heikki KovalainenHeikki Kovalainen
(Formula One driver)

19 October 1981

Suomussalmi

Libra

Kasperi KapanenKasperi Kapanen
(Ice hockey player)

23 July 1996

Kuopio

Cancer

Tuukka RaskTuukka Rask
(Ice hockey player)

10 March 1987

Savonlinna

Pisces

Ari VatanenAri Vatanen
(Rally driver, Politician)

27 April 1952

Eastern Finland Province

Taurus

Alexander StubbAlexander Stubb
(Politician, Diplomat)

01 April 1968

Helsinki

Aries

Roman EremenkoRoman Eremenko
(Association football player)

19 March 1987

Moscow

Pisces

Raymond EbanksRaymond Ebanks
(rapper, singer)

02 January 1969

London

Capricorn

Saku KoivuSaku Koivu
(Ice hockey player)

23 November 1974

Turku

Sagittarius

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

13 June 1897

02 October 1973

Turku

Gemini

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

06 January 1963

08 January 2010

Helsinki

Capricorn

Tarja HalonenTarja Halonen
(Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer)

24 December 1943

Kallio

Capricorn

Timo TolkkiTimo Tolkki
(Record producer, Guitarist)

03 March 1966

Nurmijärvi

Pisces

Leo KomarovLeo Komarov
(Ice hockey player)

23 January 1987

Narva

Aquarius

Mikael ForssellMikael Forssell
(Association football player)

15 March 1981

Steinfurt

Pisces

Jari KurriJari Kurri
(Ice hockey player)

18 May 1960

Helsinki

Taurus

Jouko AholaJouko Ahola
(Actor, Film actor, Powerlifter)

01 December 1970

Hämeenlinna

Sagittarius

Jarkko NieminenJarkko Nieminen
(Tennis player)

23 July 1981

Masku

Cancer

Eicca ToppinenEicca Toppinen
(Cellist, Composer, Musician, Drummer, Pianist)

05 August 1975

Vantaa

Leo

Tony KakkoTony Kakko
(Singer, Songwriter)

16 May 1975

Kemi

Taurus

Eliel SaarinenEliel Saarinen
(architect)

20 August 1873

01 July 1950

Rantasalmi

Leo

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

25 August 1956

02 May 1986

Jyväskylä

Virgo

Olli JokinenOlli Jokinen
(Ice hockey player)

05 December 1978

Kuopio

Sagittarius

Aleksander Barkov, Jr.Aleksander Barkov, Jr.

02 September 1995

Tampere

Virgo

Lauri YlönenLauri Ylönen
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)

23 April 1979

Helsinki

Taurus

Roope LatvalaRoope Latvala
(Guitarist)

25 June 1970

Helsinki

Cancer

Perttu KivilaaksoPerttu Kivilaakso
(Cellist)

11 May 1978

Helsinki

Taurus

Mikko KoivuMikko Koivu
(Ice hockey player)

12 March 1983

Turku

Pisces

Niklas MoisanderNiklas Moisander
(Association football player)

29 September 1985

Turku

Libra

Teemu PukkiTeemu Pukki
(Association football player)

29 March 1990

Kotka

Aries

Kimmo TimonenKimmo Timonen
(Ice hockey player)

18 March 1975

Kuopio

Pisces

Jari-Matti LatvalaJari-Matti Latvala
(Rally driver)

03 April 1985

Töysä

Aries

Olivia MerilahtiOlivia Merilahti
(singer, composer, guitarist)

1982 AD

Paris

Andy McCoyAndy McCoy
(Musician, Guitarist)

11 October 1962

Pelkosenniemi

Libra

Ilmari JuutilainenIlmari Juutilainen
(Aviator, Military personnel)

21 February 1914

21 February 1999

Lieksa

Pisces

Kaija SaariahoKaija Saariaho
(Composer)

14 October 1952

Helsinki

Libra

Einojuhani RautavaaraEinojuhani Rautavaara
(Composer, Musicologist, University teacher)

09 October 1928

27 July 2016

Helsinki

Libra

Joel PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
(Association football player)

13 September 1994

Helsinki

Virgo

Jouni KaipainenJouni Kaipainen
(Composer)

24 November 1956

23 November 2015

Helsinki

Sagittarius

Pekka RinnePekka Rinne
(Ice hockey player)

03 November 1982

Kempele

Scorpio

Mika SaloMika Salo
(Formula One driver, Racecar driver)

30 November 1966

Helsinki

Sagittarius

Mika WaltariMika Waltari
(Writer, Translator, Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter)

19 September 1908

26 August 1979

Helsinki

Virgo

Juha KankkunenJuha Kankkunen
(Rally driver)

02 April 1959

Laukaa

Aries

Marcus GrönholmMarcus Grönholm
(Rally driver)

05 February 1968

Kauniainen

Aquarius

Miikka KiprusoffMiikka Kiprusoff
(Ice hockey player)

26 October 1976

Turku

Scorpio

Jyrki KatainenJyrki Katainen
(Politician)

14 October 1971

Siilinjärvi

Libra

Juhani PallasmaaJuhani Pallasmaa
(Architect)

14 September 1936

Hämeenlinna

Virgo

Arto SaariArto Saari
(Skateboarder)

09 November 1981

Seinäjoki

Scorpio

Petteri KoponenPetteri Koponen
(Basketball player)

13 April 1988

Helsinki

Aries

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

10 November 1976

Vučitrn

Scorpio

Mikko HirvonenMikko Hirvonen
(Rally driver)

31 July 1980

Kannonkoski

Leo

Rasmus RistolainenRasmus Ristolainen
(Ice hockey player)

27 October 1994

Turku

Scorpio

Paavo LötjönenPaavo Lötjönen
(Musician, Cellist)

29 July 1968

Kuopio

Leo

Tim SparvTim Sparv
(Association football player)

20 February 1987

Oravais

Pisces

Jesse JoronenJesse Joronen
(Association football player)

21 March 1993

Rautjärvi

Aries

Mikko SirénMikko Sirén
(Musician, Drummer)

31 December 1975

Helsinki

Capricorn

Timo SoiniTimo Soini
(Politician)

30 May 1962

Rauma

Gemini

Kasper HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
(Association football player)

08 August 1986

Turku

Leo

Kari LehtonenKari Lehtonen
(Ice hockey player)

16 November 1983

Helsinki

Scorpio

Alexei EremenkoAlexei Eremenko
(Association football player)

24 March 1983

Rostov-on-Don

Aries

Tomi JoutsenTomi Joutsen
(Singer, Drummer)

30 April 1975

Lohja

Taurus

Mikael GranlundMikael Granlund
(Ice hockey player)

26 February 1992

Oulu

Pisces

Mikko TarmiaMikko Tarmia
(composer)

1978 AD

Mikkeli, Finland

Jorma OllilaJorma Ollila
(Entrepreneur, Business executive, Economist, Businessperson)

15 August 1950

Seinäjoki

Leo

Lauri Dalla ValleLauri Dalla Valle
(Association football player)

14 September 1991

Kontiolahti

Virgo

Mikael AgricolaMikael Agricola
(linguist, priest, translator, theologian)

1509 AD

19 April 1557

Pernå

Janne WirmanJanne Wirman
(Musician)

26 April 1979

Espoo

Taurus

Esa TikkanenEsa Tikkanen
(Ice hockey player)

25 January 1965

Helsinki

Aquarius

Ilari SahamiesIlari Sahamies
(poker player, musician)

1983 AD

Helsinki

Sakari MattilaSakari Mattila
(Association football player)

14 July 1989

Tampere

Cancer

Robin LodRobin Lod
(Association football player)

17 April 1993

Helsinki

Aries

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