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Teemu Selänne
(Former Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Winger)
Teemu Selänne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer

Teemu Selänne is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a winger. Dubbed the Finnish Flash, Teemu is the highest scoring player from Finland in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2017, he became only the second Finn after Jari Kurri to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Jari Kurri
(Former Finnish Olympic Bronze Medal Winning Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a 'Winger')
Jari Kurri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus

Finnish retired hockey player Jari Kurri is not just a 5-time Stanley Cup winner but also the first from his country to be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame. An Olympic bronze medal winner, he managed the Finnish team post-retirement. He is married to former Miss Finland, Vanessa Forsman.

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Sanna Marin
(The 46th Prime Minister of Finland)
Sanna Marin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Finland’s 46th prime minister, Sanna Marin has also previously been the country’s minister of transport and communications. A Social Democratic Party member, she was dragged into a controversy after a video of her partying and dancing became viral in 2022, with critics accusing her of drug abuse.

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Linus Torvalds
(Finnish Software Engineer Who is the Main Developer of the 'Linux' Operating System)
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Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.
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George Gaynes
(Actor and Singer Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Police Academy’ and the Comedy Film ‘Tootsie’)
George Gaynes
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Birthdate: May 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 15, 2016

Finnish-born American singer, actor, voice artist and Second World War veteran George Gaynes served the Royal Netherlands Navy during the war. He later immigrated to the US and became a US citizen before commencing his career in acting on Broadway. He is most noted for his performances in the Police Academy series and in the satirical romantic comedy film Tootsie.

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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
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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Ville Valo
(Finnish Musician & Co-Founder of the Gothic Rock Band 'HIM')
Ville Valo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Ville Valo is a Finnish musician and singer-songwriter. Valo is best known for his association with the gothic rock band HIM, where he performs as the lead vocalist. He is also credited with co-founding the band and has won many awards as part of the band. Ville Valo is also considered a sex symbol by many publications in Finland.

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Mika Salo
(Retired Finnish Formula One Racer, Who Is Now a Commentator and TV Host)
Mika Salo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Finnish racing driver Mika Salo was once a prominent member of Formula One. Post-retirement, he has worked for Finnish MTV3 Formula One as a commentator and has also been a host on Test Drive by Mika Salo. He has been featured on Driven to Extremes, too.

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Pihla Viitala
(Actress)
Pihla Viitala
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Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Jukka Hilden
(Stunt performer)
Jukka Hilden
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Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Tarja Halonen
(The First Woman to be Finland's President)
Tarja Halonen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Finland’s 11th president, Tarja Halonen was also the first Finnish female politician to hold the post. Initially a lawyer at the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions, she stepped into politics as the parliamentary secretary of Finnish prime minister Kalevi Sorsa. She has also been Finland’s minister of justice and foreign affairs.

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Jasper Paakkonen
(Actor)
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Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Joel Pohjanpalo
(Finnish Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Joel Pohjanpalo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo

Joel Pohjanpalo is a Finnish football player who plays as a striker. An important player for the Finland national football team, Pohjanpalo has also played for popular clubs like Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV. 

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Lauri Ylönen
(Co-Founder and Frontman of the Finnish Alternative Rock Band 'The Rasmus')
Lauri Ylönen
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus

Finnish rock singer Lauri Ylönen and the founder of the band The Rasmus was just 5 when he began playing the piano. Apart from his quirky hairstyles, he is also known for wearing crow’s feather in his hair. Also known as Lintu, he has toured all over Europe with The Rasmus.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Finnish Composer and Principal Conductor of London's 'Philharmonia Orchestra')
Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer

Esa-Pekka Salonen is a Finnish composer and conductor. He is best known for his service as the artistic advisor and principal conductor of London's Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also associated with the San Francisco Symphony, where he serves as the music director. Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of the most renowned conductors and composers of his genaration.

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Peter Nygård
(Businessperson known for Founding Nygård International)
Peter Nygård
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
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Esa Tikkanen
(Finnish Retired Ice Hockey Player Who Played as a Forward)
Esa Tikkanen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Esa Tikkanen is a Finnish retired ice hockey player who played as a forward. He is best known for his association with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) with which he won four Stanley Cups. Esa Tikkanen took his overall tally of Stanley Cups to five when he helped New York Rangers win the title in 1994.

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Maria Ohisalo
(Finnish Politician and Green League Leader)
Maria Ohisalo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 8, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces

Finland’s minister of the environment and climate change, Maria Ohisalo has also led her country as its minister of the interior. The Green League leader is also determined to eradicate poverty and homelessness, as she herself grew up amid poverty and had a tough childhood with an alcoholic father.

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Markku Alen
(Finnish Retired Rally and Race Car Driver)
Markku Alen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Markku Alen is a Finnish retired rally and race car driver. He had an impressive record in the World Rally Championship, although he never won the championship itself. Markku Alen is credited with coining and popularizing the phrase, now maximum attack.  

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Kaija Saariaho
(One of the Most Prominent Finnish Composers)
Kaija Saariaho
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, based in Paris, France, had a profound shift in her artistic-direction from strict serialism towards spectralism after hearing spectral-music and conducting research at IRCAM. She has received several commissions from IRCAM including for the BBC; and also from Lincoln Center. She was named the greatest living composer in a 2019 composers' poll by BBC Music Magazine.

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Vera Jordanova
(Bulgarian-Finnish Model, Actress, and Cookbook Author)
Vera Jordanova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo

Vera Jordanova is a Bulgarian-Finnish model, actress, and cookbook author. She is best known for her portrayal of Axelle Rassimov in the 2007 American horror film Hostel: Part II. Vera Jordanova has also been featured on many popular magazines like Maxim, FHM, and Esquire.

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Sara Chafak
(Beauty pageant contestant)
Sara Chafak
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Patrik Antonius
(Poker Player and Former Tennis Player)
Patrik Antonius
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 13, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Patrik Antonius is a Finnish poker player and former tennis player. A multi-talented personality, Antonius has also worked as a model. As a poker player, Patrik Antonius has been mentored by famous poker players like Jennifer Harman and Marcel Lüske.

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Emil Ruusuvuori
(Finnish Tennis Sensation)
Emil Ruusuvuori
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries

Apart from being the top-seeded Finnish tennis player in singles, Emil Ruusuvuori has also had a career-high world singles ranking of 48. While he took up badminton as a child, a coach suggested tennis to him at age 5, which led him to join his first ITF Juniors tournament at 14.

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Alexander Stubb
(Finnish Politician and Academician - Finland's 43rd Prime Minister)
Alexander Stubb
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries

The 43rd prime minister of Finland, politician Alexander Stubb has also been the country’s minister of finance, foreign affairs, and European affairs. Equipped with a strong background in academia and civil service, he has authored several books and has also led the European Investment Bank as its vice-president.

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Timo Salonen
(Finnish Retired Rally Driver)
Timo Salonen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra

Timo Salonen is a Finnish retired rally driver best known for winning the 1985 World Rally Championship for Peugeot. Salonen was initially written off by the media and the experts as he was overweight, smoked heavily, and wore thick glasses. However, Timo Salonen proved his critics wrong by becoming the most successful driver of World Rally Championship's Group B era.

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Robin Lod
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Robin Lod
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries

Robin Lod is a Finnish football player who plays as a midfielder. He is best known for his association with HJK between 2011 and 2015, during which he helped the team win a Finnish League Cup, Finnish Cup, and three successive Veikkausliiga titles. Robin Lod currently plays for the Minnesota United FC.

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Roope Latvala
(Founder of Popular Finnish Heavy Metal Band 'Stone')
Roope Latvala
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer

Finnish guitarist Roope Latvala is best known for his association with the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. He was apparently fired from the band for his lack of commitment and later complained of being betrayed by his own bandmates. He has also been part of bands such as Sinergy and Stone.

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Perttu Kivilaakso
(Classically Trained Cellist Best Known as a Member of the Finnish Symphonic Metal Band 'Apocalyptica')
Perttu Kivilaakso
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus

Finnish cellist and composer Perttu Kivilaakso started playing cello as a child. He performed with the Finnish symphonic-metal band Apocalyptica in 1995 and joined them in 1999. He has made several original compositions for the band including Beautiful and Farewell. He has also composed music for documentary films and the video game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.  

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Michael Monroe
(Finnish Multi-Instrumentalist, Rock Musician & Member of the Glam Punk Rock Band 'Hanoi Rocks')
Michael Monroe
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini

Michael Monroe is a Finnish multi-instrumentalist and rock musician. He achieved popularity as a member of glam punk band Hanoi Rocks, where he performed as a vocalist. Along with the band, Michael Monroe is credited with influencing many rock'n'roll bands and artists, including Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Slash, and Guns N' Roses

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Alexander Ring
(Finnish Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Alexander Ring
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries

Alexander Ring is a Finnish footballer who represented the national team from 2011 to 2018. He participated in tournaments like the Baltic Cup and helped his team win the silver medal and the bronze medal at the 2012 and 2014 Baltic Cup respectively. Ring is also known for his association with HJK, winning the Finnish Cup and Veikkausliiga in 2011.

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Mika Waltari
(Finnish Writer Best Known for His Novel 'The Egyptian')
Mika Waltari
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
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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Tony Halme
(Controversial Finnish Wrestler and Boxer, Who Was Also a Right-Wing Politician)
Tony Halme
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 8, 2010

Mostly known by his ring name, Ludvig Borga, Finnish wrestler, MMA fighter, and boxer Tony Halme had an eventful life. Known for his homophobic and pro-Nazi views, he was also an actor, a musician, a politician, and a writer. He also struggled with mental health issues and short-term memory loss.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
(Legendary Finnish Composer)
Einojuhani Rautavaara
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 27, 2016

One of the most prominent composers from Finland, Einojuhani Rautavaara was the son of an opera singer and thus no stranger to music as a child. In his career of over 7 decades, he created numerous masterpieces, including the operas Aleksis Kivi and Vincent. His works include choral, chamber, and electronic music, too.

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Eero Milonoff
(Actor)
Eero Milonoff
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Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Poju Zabludowicz
(Art collector, Businessperson, Philanthropist)
Poju Zabludowicz
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
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Samu Haber
(Finnish Musician, Lead Vocalist and Frontman of Pop-Rock Band 'Sunrise Avenue')
Samu Haber
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries

Finnish singer-songwriter Samu Haber is best known as the lead singer of the pop-rock band Sunrise Avenue. Till 14, he had also been an avid ice hockey player. He penned hit tracks such as Hollywood Hills. He was later associated with the German talent reality show The Voice of Germany.

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Timo Makinen
(Finnish Rally Driver)
Timo Makinen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 4, 2017
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Laura Birn
(Actress)
Laura Birn
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Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Helene Schjerfbeck
(Finnish Modernist Painter Best Known for Her Self-Portraits and Realist Arts)
Helene Schjerfbeck
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Birthdate: July 10, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 23, 1946

Modernist painter Helene Schjerfbeck is best-remembered for her realist-works and self-portraits, besides landscapes and still-lifes. She started with French-influenced realism and plein-air paintings and was later drawn towards portraits and still-life paintings. One of the most popular works of Schjerfbeck, whose birthday is celebrated in Finland as national day for the painted arts, is Dancing Shoes, done in Realist style.      

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Kari Lehtonen
(Finnish Ice Hockey Player Who Plays as a Goaltender)
Kari Lehtonen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Kari Lehtonen is a Finnish ice hockey player who plays as a goaltender. Currently an unrestricted free agent, Lehtonen previously represented the Dallas Stars of the NHL. An important player for the Finland national team, Kari Lehtonen helped his team win the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Games. He also won a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships.

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Anu Sinisalo
(Actress)
Anu Sinisalo
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Birthdate: March 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Edvard Westermarck
(Philosopher)
Edvard Westermarck
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Birthdate: November 20, 1862
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 3, 1939
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Taina Elg
(Actress)
Taina Elg
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Birthdate: March 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Lars Ahlfors
(Finnish Mathematician Who is Known for His Work on Riemann Surfaces)
Lars Ahlfors
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 11, 1996

Lars Ahlfors was a Finnish mathematician best remembered for his text on complex analysis and his work concerning Riemann surfaces. He also made decisive contributions to value distribution theory, meromorphic curves, quasiconformal mappings, and conformal geometry among other areas. Lars Ahlfors was the recipient of the Fields Medal, Wolf Prize, Wihuri Prize, and Leroy P. Steele Prize. 

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Mauno Manninen
(Finnish Painter, Poet, and Theatre Director)
Mauno Manninen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 26, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 14, 1969

Mauno Manninen was a Finnish painter, poet, and theatre director. He is best remembered for founding Intimiteatteri, one of Helsinki's most important theatres from 1949 to 1987. Mauno Manninen is also known as the son of the famous poet Otto Manninen.  

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Kati Outinen
(Actress)
Kati Outinen
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Birthdate: August 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Petteri Koponen
(Finnish Basketball Player Who Plays as a Point Guard or Shooting Guard)
Petteri Koponen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries

Petteri Koponen is a Finnish basketball player who played an important role in his national team's success in the summer of 2007. He has won seven Finnish Player of the Year awards, including six consecutive times from 2011 to 2016. Over the course of his career, Koponen has also played for popular clubs like FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich.   

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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

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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Mige
(Musician & Founder of Finnish Gothic Rock Band, 'HIM')
Mige
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Mige is a Finnish musician, bassist, and founding member of the popular Finnish gothic rock band, HIM. The band has achieved immense popularity and is already counted among the most successful Finnish bands of all time.