Famous Finnish Media Personalities

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Tove Jansson
(Finnish Penwoman and the Author of the Children’s Book Series 'Moomin')
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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.
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Sauli Koskinen
(Television Host)
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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.

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Urho Kekkonen
(8th President of Finland (1956 - 1952), Prime Minister of Finland (1950 - 1953, 1954 - 1956))
Urho Kekkonen
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Birthdate: September 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pielavesi, Finland
Died: August 31, 1986
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Ilkka Villi
(Finnish Writer and Actor Best Known for Portraying the Title Role in the Video Game, 'Alan Wake')
Ilkka Villi
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Birthdate: August 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Ilkka Villi is a Finnish writer and actor. He is best known for his work in the action-adventure video game, Alan Wake; he portrays the title role in the game. A versatile actor, Villi has portrayed a variety of roles in film, television, and theatre. He is also known for playing Niko Uusitalo in the crime drama television series, Bordertown.

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Eino Leino
(Journalist, A Pioneer of Finnish poetry and A National Poet of Finland)
Eino Leino
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Birthdate: July 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paltamo, Finland
Died: January 10, 1926
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Zacharias Topelius
(Finnish Writer, Poet and Historian Best Known for Writing Finnish Historical Novels in Swedish)
Zacharias Topelius
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Birthdate: January 14, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nykarleby, Finland
Died: March 12, 1898
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Juhani Aho
(Journalist and Author)
Juhani Aho
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Birthdate: September 11, 1861
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lapinlahti, Finland
Died: August 8, 1921

Juhani Aho was a Finnish journalist and author who received 12 nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature over the course of his illustrious career. Apart from writing novels, Juhani Aho also wrote numerous short stories. Aho is also credited with co-founding Päivälehti, the predecessor of Helsingin Sanomat.

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Lars Jansson
(Legendary Finnish Cartoonist, Who Developed the Iconic 'Moomin' Cartoon Series)
Lars Jansson
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Birthdate: October 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: July 31, 2000
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Axl Smith
(Former TV Presenter and Entertainer Who was Convicted for Secretly Filming His Sexual Partners)
Axl Smith
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Birthdate: March 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Mark Levengood
(Swedish-Finnish Journalist, TV Personality and Husband of Jonas Gardell)
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Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
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Minna Sundberg
(Reuben Award-Winning Cartoonist and Illustrator Known for Her Webcomics 'Stand Still, Stay Silent')
Minna Sundberg
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Birthdate: January 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sweden
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Paavo Haavikko
(One of the Most Respected Finnish Authors and a Major Figure of the Modernist Movement)
Paavo Haavikko
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Birthdate: January 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: October 6, 2008
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Joel Lehtonen
(Finnish Author, Known for His Neoromanticism and Pessimism, Eventually Committed Suicide)
Joel Lehtonen
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Birthdate: November 27, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Finland
Died: November 20, 1934