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List of famous people from Finland, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Finland, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Finland you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Finland, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Elias Lönnrot and Elastinen.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Finland?" or "Which celebrities were born in Finland?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Kimi Räikkönen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Finland
Kimi Räikkönen age 37 - Kimi-Matias Räikkönen is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he won the 2007 Formula One World ...more

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Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Finland
Jean Sibelius Died at 92 (1865-1957) - Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. The core of Sibelius' oeuvre is his set of ...more

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Eero Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eero Saarinen Died at 51 (1910-1961) - Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for shaping his neofuturistic style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, ...more

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Toivo Kuula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Finland
Toivo Kuula Died at 35 (1883-1918) - Toivo Timoteus Kuula was a Finnish conductor and a composer. He was born in the Vehkakoski village of the Alavus town and registered as a native in the city of Vaasa, when Finland still was a ...more

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Magnus Enckell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Finland
Magnus Enckell Died at 55 (1870-1925) - Knut Magnus Enckell was a Finnish symbolist painter. At first he painted with a subdued palette, but from 1902 onwards used increasingly bright colors. He was a leading member of the 'Septem' ...more

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Ville Virtanen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Finland
Ville Virtanen age 54 - Ville Virtanen is a Finnish actor.

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Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Finland
Renny Harlin age 56 - Renny Harlin is a Finnish film director and producer. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea. ...more

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Kosti Klemelä is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Finland
Kosti Klemelä Died at 86 (1920-2006) - Kosti Klemelä was a Finnish actor. He is best remembered for playing the role of Lt. Koskela in an Edvin Laine film The Unknown Soldier. In addition to his film career, he worked for the ...more

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Lasse Mårtenson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Finland
Lasse Mårtenson age 82 - Lars Anders Fredrik "Lasse" Mårtenson is a Finnish singer, composer, actor and theater conductor. Mårtenson was born in Helsinki. He performed at the Eurovision Song ...more

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Jussi Chydenius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Finland
Jussi Chydenius age 43 - Jussi Chydenius is a Finnish musician and composer. He is best known for singing bass in the vocal ensemble Rajaton. He is the son of composer Kaj Chydenius and director Kaisa Korhonen. His ...more

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Kaisa Mäkäräinen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Finland
Kaisa Mäkäräinen age 34 - Kaisa-Leena Mäkäräinen is a Finnish biathlete, who currently competes for Kontiolahden Urheilijat. Outside of sports, Mäkäräinen is currently studying to be a ...more

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Teemu Selänne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Finland
Teemu Selänne age 45 - Teemu Ilmari Selänne, nicknamed "The Finnish Flash", is a Finnish former professional ice hockey winger. He began his professional career in 1989–90 with Jokerit of the SM-liiga ...more

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Laura Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Finland
Laura Lepistö age 28 - Laura Anneli Lepistö is a Finnish former figure skater. She is the 2010 World bronze medalist, the 2009 European Champion and 2008 and 2010 Finnish national champion. After missing two ...more

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Tommy Tabermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Finland
Tommy Tabermann Died at 63 (1947-2010) - Tommy Tabermann was a Finnish contemporary poet and politician, radio personality and journalist. Since 1998 and until 2006 he was known to Finnish audiences for his witty role as team captain ...more

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Michael Monroe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Finland
Michael Monroe age 53 - Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm, best known by his stage name, Michael Monroe, is a Finnish rock musician and multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame as the vocalist for the glam punk band Hanoi ...more

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Henri Toivonen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Finland
Henri Toivonen Died at 30 (1956-1986) - Henri Pauli Toivonen was a Finnish rally driver born in Jyväskylä, the home of Rally Finland. His father, Pauli Toivonen, was the 1968 European Rally Champion for Porsche and his ...more

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Fredrika Bremer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Finland
Fredrika Bremer Died at 64 (1801-1865) - Fredrika Bremer was a Swedish writer and a feminist activist. She had a large influence on the social development in Sweden, especially in feminist issues.

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Eija Vilpas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eija Vilpas age 58 - Eija Annikki Vilpas is a Finnish actress. She is known of her roles in several Finnish comedy series, for example Fakta homma and Hynttyyt yhteen. She plays Second Lieutenant Pienimäki's ...more

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Erkki Tuomioja is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Finland
Erkki Tuomioja age 69 - Erkki Sakari Tuomioja is the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Finnish Parliament. Tuomioja is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, although his political ...more

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Tove Jansson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Finland
Tove Jansson Died at 87 (1914-2001) - Tove Marika Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. For her contribution as a children's writer she received the Hans Christian Andersen ...more

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Åke Lindman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Finland
Åke Lindman Died at 81 (1928-2009) - Åke Leonard Lindman, born Åke Leonard Järvinen, was a Finnish director and actor. In his youth Lindman was a football player, playing defence for the Finnish national team ...more

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Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Finland
Elias Lönnrot Died at 82 (1802-1884) - Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national ...more

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Peter von Bagh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Finland
Peter von Bagh Died at 71 (1943-2014) - Kari Peter Conrad von Bagh was a Finnish film historian and director. Von Bagh worked as the head of the Finnish Film Archive. He was the editor-in-chief of Filmihullu magazine and co-founder ...more

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Liisa Helminen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Finland
Liisa Helminen age 67 - Liisa Helminen is a screenwriter, film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.

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Aarne Tarkas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Finland
Aarne Tarkas Died at 53 (1923-1976) - Aarne Tarkas was a Finnish film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. Tarkas started his career as a screenwriter for Matti Kassila film Radio tekee murron for which they shared a Jussi ...more

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M. A. Numminen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Finland
M. A. Numminen age 77 - Mauri Antero Numminen is a Finnish artist, who has worked in several different fields of music and culture.

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Alexi Laiho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Finland
Alexi Laiho age 38 - Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish vocalist, composer, and guitarist. He is best known for being the lead guitarist as well as lead vocalist for melodic death metal band Children of ...more

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Pekka Himanen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Finland
Pekka Himanen age 42 - Pekka Himanen is a Finnish philosopher.

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Johan Gadolin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Finland
Johan Gadolin Died at 92 (1760-1852) - Johan Gadolin was a Finnish chemist, physicist and mineralogist. Gadolin discovered a "new earth" containing the first rare earth compound yttrium, which was later determined to be a ...more

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Antti Peippo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Finland
Antti Peippo Died at 55 (1934-1989) - Antti Peippo was a film cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and film director.

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Risto Jarva is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Finland
Risto Jarva Died at 43 (1934-1977) - Risto Antero Jarva was a Finnish filmmaker. His last film was Jäniksen vuosi. He died in a car accident on his way back from a private showing of the film, and the subsequent party. Jarva ...more

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Elina Katainen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Finland
Elina Katainen Died at 57 (1943-2000) - Elina Katainen is a director, producer, editor and screenwriter.

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Yrjö Kilpinen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Finland
Yrjö Kilpinen Died at 67 (1892-1959) - Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen was a Finnish composer. He was born in Helsinki, and in 1907 he started his studies in the Helsingin Musiikkiopisto. In 1910 Kilpinen moved to Vienna to continue his ...more

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Marco Casagrande is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Finland
Marco Casagrande age 45 - Marco Casagrande, is a Finnish architect, environmental artist, architectural theorist, writer and professor of architecture. He graduated from Helsinki University of Technology department of ...more

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Eric Tigerstedt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eric Tigerstedt Died at 38 (1887-1925) - Eric Magnus Campbell Tigerstedt was one of the most significant inventors in Finland at the beginning of the 20th century and has been called the "Thomas Edison of Finland". He was a ...more

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Ragnar Granit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Finland
Ragnar Granit Died at 91 (1900-1991) - Ragnar Arthur Granit ForMemRS was a Finnish/Swedish scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967 along with Haldan Keffer Hartline and George Wald "for their ...more

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Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Finland
Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld Died at 69 (1832-1901) - Friherr Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was a Finnish baron, botanist, geologist, mineralogist and arctic explorer of Finland-Swedish origin. He was a member of the prominent Finland-Swedish ...more

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Magnus Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Finland
Magnus Lindberg age 58 - Magnus Lindberg is a Finnish composer and pianist. He was the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence from 2009 to 2012 and is the London Philharmonic Orchestra's composer-in-residence ...more

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Lars Jansson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Finland
Lars Jansson Died at 74 (1926-2000) - Lars Jansson was a Finnish author and cartoonist. A native of Helsinki, Jansson was the son of the sculptor, Viktor Jansson, and the illustrator, Signe Hammarsten-Jansson. His siblings included ...more

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Jesse Vaeaenaenen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Finland
Jesse Vaeaenaenen age 33 - Jesse Vaeaenaenen is a cross-country skier.

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Leena Peltonen-Palotie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Finland
Leena Peltonen-Palotie Died at 58 (1952-2010) - Leena Peltonen-Palotie was a Finnish geneticist who contributed to the identification of 15 genes for Finnish heritage diseases, including arterial hypertension, schizophrenia, lactose ...more

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Anssi Tikanmäki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Finland
Anssi Tikanmäki age 60 - Anssi Tikanmäki is a musician, composer, songwriter, and actor.

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Heikki Sarmanto is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Finland
Heikki Sarmanto age 76 - Heikki Veli Uolevi Sarmanto is a Finnish jazz pianist and composer. Sarmanto began to play jazz during the 1960s. He studied first at the Sibelius Academy and later at the Berklee College of ...more

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Anders Chydenius is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Finland
Anders Chydenius Died at 74 (1729-1803) - Anders Chydenius was a Finnish priest and a member of the Swedish Riksdag, and is known as the leading classical liberal of Nordic history. Born in Sotkamo, Finland and having studied under Pehr ...more

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Yrjö Norta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Finland
Yrjö Norta Died at 84 (1904-1988) - Yrjö Norta was a film editor, director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eija-Liisa Ahtila age 57 - Eija-Liisa Ahtila is a video artist and photographer. She lives and works in Helsinki. Her first conceptual works were motivated by art philosophy, by a critique of art institutions and by ...more

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Teemu Kattilakoski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Finland
Teemu Kattilakoski age 39 - Teemu Kattilakoski is a Finnish cross country skier who has been competing since 1996. His best finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships was sixth in the 4 x 10 km event in 2007 while ...more

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Mika Kaurismäki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Finland
Mika Kaurismäki age 61 - Mika Juhani Kaurismäki is a Finnish film director. He is the elder brother of Aki Kaurismäki, and the father of Maria Kaurismäki, who graduated from Tampere School of Art and ...more

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Paavo Berglund is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Finland
Paavo Berglund Died at 83 (1929-2012) - Paavo Allan Engelbert Berglund OBE was a Finnish conductor and violinist.

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Aleksi Mäkelä is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Finland
Aleksi Mäkelä age 46 - Tane Aleksanteri ”Aleksi” Mäkelä is a Finnish film director and occasional actor. He is best known for having directed several popular films such as Häjyt, Matti and Vares – ...more