Famous Finnish Novelists

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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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Mika Waltari
(Finnish Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Egyptian')
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Birthdate: September 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: August 26, 1979

Mika Waltari was a Finnish writer best remembered for his novel, The Egyptian. A prolific writer, Waltari also wrote poetry, crime novels, short stories, plays, essays, film scripts, travel stories, and rhymed texts for Asmo Alho's comic strips. A recipient of five State Literature awards, Mika Waltari was honored with the prestigious Pro Finlandia Medal in 1952.

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Sofi Oksanen
(Finnish Playwright and Writer Best Known for Her Novel 'Purge')
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Birthdate: January 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jyväskylä, Finland

Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish playwright and writer. She is best known for her novel, Purge. Oksanen's works have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over two million copies worldwide. Over the course of her career, Sofi Oksanen has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Finlandia Prize, Mika Waltari Award, and Kalevi Jäntti Award.

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Aleksis Kivi
(A National Writer of Finland Whose Birthday is Celebrated as Finnish Literature Day)
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Birthdate: October 10, 1834
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palojoki, Finland
Died: December 31, 1872
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Väinö Linna
(Finnish Author, Best Known for His Controversial War Novel The Unknown Soldier)
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Birthdate: December 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Urjala, Finland
Died: April 21, 1992
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Arto Paasilinna
(One of Finland's Most Successful Novelists)
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Birthdate: April 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kittilä, Finland
Died: October 15, 2018

Arto Paasilinna was a Finnish writer and comic novelist. Counted among Finland's most successful novelists, Paasilinna's works have been translated into 27 languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Arto Paasilinna is credited with contributing to the increased readership rate in Finland. His best known novel The Year of the Hare has been adapted twice into feature films.

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Eino Leino
(Journalist, 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
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Zacharias Topelius
(Finnish Writer, Poet and Historian Best Known for Writing Finnish Historical Novels in Swedish)
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Birthdate: January 14, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nykarleby, Finland
Died: March 12, 1898
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Hella Wuolijoki
(Finnish Writer Who Wrote The Famous 'Niskavuori' Series)
Hella Wuolijoki
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Birthdate: July 22, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ala, Estonia
Died: February 2, 1954

Hella Wuolijoki was a Finnish writer who wrote under the pen name of Juhani Tervapää. She is best remembered for her Niskavuori series. Some of her works, like the 1937 play Juurakon Hulda, were adapted into feature films; her play was adapted into a 1947 film titled The Farmer's Daughter.

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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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Marco Casagrande
(Finnish Architect, Architectural-Theorist and Environmental Artist Known for Producing Collaborative Architectonic Installations like 'Redrum')
Marco Casagrande
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Birthdate: May 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
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Volter Kilpi
(One of The Finest Exponents of The Modern Experimental Novels)
Volter Kilpi
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Birthdate: December 12, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kustavi, Finland
Died: June 13, 1939

Volter Kilpi was a Finnish author best remembered for his 1933 two-volume novel Alastalon salissa, which is often counted among the best written novels in the Finnish language. Volter Kilpi is widely regarded as one of the finest exponents of the modern experimental novels.

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Veijo Meri
(Finnish Novelist, Dramatist and Poet Known for His Works Depicting War and Its Absurdity)
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Birthdate: December 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vyborg, Russia
Died: June 21, 2015
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Sally Salminen
(Nobel Prize-Nominated Author Internationally Known for Her Debut Novel 'Katrina')
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Birthdate: April 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vårdö, Finland
Died: July 18, 1976
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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
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Johannes Linnankoski
(Finnish Author and Playwright Known for His Romace Novel 'The Song of the Blood-Red Flower')
Johannes Linnankoski
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Birthdate: October 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Askola, Finland
Died: August 10, 1913