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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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
(A Pioneer of Finnish poetry and A National Poet of Finland)
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Birthdate: July 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paltamo, Finland
Died: January 10, 1926

Apart from being a journalist, Eino Leino also redefined Finnish poetry by including folk elements. His works include literary criticism in newspapers such as Päivälehti and Helsingin Sanomat. Most of his works were inspired by the epic Kalevala, while he also a pioneer of national romanticism in Finland’s literary world.

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Axl Smith
(Former TV Presenter and Entertainer Who was Convicted for Secretly Filming His Sexual Partners)
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Birthdate: March 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Career of Axl Smith as television-presenter was cut-short and he had to resign from his duties as UNICEF Good Will Ambassador when it got revealed that he covertly filmed his sexual-partners and shared a friend’s sexually explicit picture and a video in a WhatsApp group. He was given a suspended sentence besides an order to pay compensation to his victims.

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Juhani Aho
(Journalist and Author)
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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)
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Birthdate: October 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: July 31, 2000

Best known for his iconic Moomin comic strip, Finnish author and cartoonist Lars Jansson worked on the strip for 14 years. The son of a sculptor father and an illustrator mother, he became a published author at age 16. His work later led to the development of the Japanese Moomin animated series.

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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

Swedish-speaking Finnish journalist Mark Levengood has had a flourishing career in Sweden. Known for his books such as Solblekt av livet and Hjärtat får inga rynkor. A well-known TV personality, too, he has hosted shows such as Melodifestivalen. He is married to gay novelist Jonas Gardell.

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Minna Sundberg
(Reuben Award-Winning Cartoonist and Illustrator Known for Her Webcomics 'Stand Still, Stay Silent')
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Birthdate: January 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sweden

Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and cartoonist Minna Sundberg was 25 when she became the first Finn to win a Reuben Award. Known for her works such as A Redtail's Dream and Lovely People, she is now devoted to Christianity and supports an online Christian bookstore on her website, Hummingfluff Studio.

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Joel Lehtonen
(Finnish Author, Known for His Neoromanticism and Pessimism, Eventually Committed Suicide)
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Birthdate: November 27, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Finland
Died: November 20, 1934

Initially part of the Neoromantic movement, Joel Lehtonen later wrote on themes of social pessimism. He is remembered for his iconic novels such as The Amorous Cripple and his short story collections The Dead Apple Trees. He committed suicide by hanging, after suffering from various ailments.

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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

Paavo Haavikko is regarded as one of Finland’s best-known authors. The son of a bookbinder, he began his literary career as a poet and later spearheaded Finland’s modernist movement. He soared to fame with his iconic poem Talvipalatsi, or The Winter Palace, and also penned plays, novels, and short stories.