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List of famous athletes from Finland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Finland has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Finnish athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Finland and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Finland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Items on this list include Pauli Nevala and Mikko Manninen.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Finnish athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Finland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Finland in order to get more information about each one.

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Olli Jokinen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Olli Jokinen Calgary Flames Olli Veli Pekka Jokinen is a Finnish professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings third ...more

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Valtteri Filppula is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Valtteri Filppula Detroit Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He has previously played in the NHL for the Detroit ...more

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Sami Hyypiä is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Sami Hyypiä Sami Tuomas Hyypiä is a Finnish football manager and former defender. He last managed Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. Hyypiä began his playing career with ...more

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Katja Nyberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Katja Nyberg Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She has played 99 games for the Norwegian national team.

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Tanja Poutiainen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Tanja Poutiainen Tanja Tuulia Poutiainen is a retired World Cup alpine ski racer from Finland. She specialized in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, and was the silver medalist in the women's giant ...more

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Pirjo Muranen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Pirjo Muranen Pirjo Muranen is a Finnish cross-country skier who has competed since 1998. She won a bronze medal in the 4 x 5 km relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Muranen won five medals at the ...more

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Niklas Hagman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Niklas Hagman Anaheim Ducks Niklas Hagman is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League. He was a third round pick of the Florida Panthers, 70th overall, at the ...more

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Sami Salo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Sami Salo Vancouver Canucks Sami Sakari Salo is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent of the National Hockey League. He began his professional career with TPS of the ...more

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Åke Lindman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Åke Lindman 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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Heidi Pelttari is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Heidi Pelttari Heidi Pelttari is a Finnish hockey player who plays for Ilves and the Finnish national team on Winter Olympics 2006. She is also played for team Finland in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, ...more

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Mikko Koivu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild Mikko Sakari Koivu is a Finnish professional ice hockey center who currently serves as captain of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. Koivu was the captain for the gold-winning ...more

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Emma Laaksonen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Emma Laaksonen Ohio State Buckeyes women's ice hockey Emma Krisriina Terho is a Finnish female ice hockey defenseman. She played on the women's ice hockey team for Finland at the 1998 Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal. She was the youngest ...more

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Teemu Selänne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Teemu Selänne Anaheim Ducks 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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Karoliina Rantamäki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Karoliina Rantamäki Karoliina Stina Margaretha Rantamäki is a Finnish female ice hockey player. She played on the Finland women's national ice hockey team for the 1998 Winter Olympics, and won a bronze medal.

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Virpi Sarasvuo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Virpi Sarasvuo Virpi Katriina Sarasvuo is a Finnish cross country skier who competed from 1995 to 2010. She won a bronze medal in the team sprint event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and earned her best ...more

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Kaisa Mäkäräinen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Kaisa Mäkäräinen 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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Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Aino-Kaisa Saarinen Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is a Finnish cross country skier who has competed since 1998.

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Saara Tuominen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Saara Tuominen Saara Tuominen is an ice hockey player.

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Matti Hautamäki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Matti Hautamäki Matti Antero Hautamäki is a Finnish former ski jumper. He is one of Finland's most successful ski jumpers, having won sixteen FIS Ski Jumping World Cup events, multiple medals at the Ski ...more

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Niklas Bäckström is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Niklas Bäckström Minnesota Wild Niklas Oskar Bäckström is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League. He has won both William M. Jennings ...more

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Kimmo Timonen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia Flyers Kimmo Samuel Timonen is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

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Susanna Pöykiö is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Susanna Pöykiö Susanna Pöykiö is a Finnish former figure skater. She is a two-time European medalist and a five-time Finnish national champion.

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Jere Lehtinen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Jere Lehtinen Jere Kalervo Lehtinen is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. He played right wing. He was drafted 88th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. Lehtinen ...more

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Noora Raty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Noora Raty Noora Raty is an ice hockey player.  

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Kiira Korpi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Kiira Korpi Kiira Linda Katriina Korpi is a Finnish figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist, the 2010 Trophée Eric Bompard champion, the 2012 Rostelecom Cup champion, a two-time Cup of ...more

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Mariia Posa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Mariia Posa Mariia Posa is an ice hockey player.

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Miikka Kiprusoff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary Flames Miikka Sakari Kiprusoff is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks during his National Hockey League career. He was selected in ...more

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Saku Koivu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Saku Koivu Anaheim Ducks Saku Antero Koivu is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. He began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1995–96 after three seasons with TPS ...more

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Sami Kapanen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Sami Kapanen Sami Hannu Antero Kapanen is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League and the Finnish Liiga. He played 12 NHL seasons for the Hartford Whalers, ...more

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Mari Laukkanen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Mari Laukkanen Mari Laukkanen is an Olympic Biathlete from Finland.

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Mira Kuisma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Mira Kuisma Mira Kuisma is an ice hockey player.

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Riitta-Liisa Roponen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Riitta-Liisa Roponen Riitta-Liisa Roponen is a Finnish cross-country skier who has competed since 1998.

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Petteri Nummelin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Petteri Nummelin Timo Petteri Nummelin is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, and a former NHL defenceman for the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. He currently plays for Lukko Rauma in ...more

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Toni Lydman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Toni Lydman Anaheim Ducks Toni Petteri Lydman is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman. He first played competitively in his native Finland with Tappara, and HIFK of the SM-liiga before enjoying a lengthy ...more

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Sanni Leinonen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Sanni Leinonen Sanni Leinonen is an alpine skier.

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Jarkko Ruutu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Jarkko Ruutu Jarkko Samuli Ruutu is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player. His younger brother, Tuomo Ruutu, currently plays for the New Jersey Devils in NHL - his other brother, retired player ...more

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Laura Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Laura Lepistö 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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Lasse Kukkonen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Lasse Kukkonen Lasse Juhani Kukkonen is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for Oulun Kärpät of the Finnish league Liiga. He previously played four seasons in the National Hockey ...more

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Sami Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Sami Lepistö Chicago Blackhawks Sami Lepistö is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman for Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is the son of former Jokerit captain and youth international ...more

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Kaija Mustonen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Kaija Mustonen Kaija Marja Mustonen is a former speed skater from Finland. After winning silver and bronze at the 1964 Winter Olympics of Innsbruck, Mustonen went on to win gold and silver at the 1968 Winter ...more

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Antero Niittymäki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Antero Niittymäki Antero Pertti Elias Niittymäki is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender who last played for TPS of the SM-liiga. He additionally played in the National Hockey League with the ...more

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Joni Pitkänen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Joni Pitkänen Carolina Hurricanes Joni Pitkänen is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent of the National Hockey League.

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Saija Sirvio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Saija Sirvio Saija Sirvio is an ice hockey player.

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Niko Kapanen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Niko Kapanen Niko Klaus Petteri Kapanen is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre, currently playing for Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Ilona Ruotsalainen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Ilona Ruotsalainen Ilona Ruotsalainen is a professional snowboarder.

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Ville Peltonen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Ville Peltonen Ville Sakari Peltonen is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward who last played for the HIFK of the Finnish Liiga. He was the captain of his team. Peltonen was drafted by the San Jose ...more

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Marjo Voutilainen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Marjo Voutilainen Marjo Voutilainen is an ice hockey player.

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Antti Miettinen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Antti Miettinen Winnipeg Jets Antti Markus Miettinen is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who currently an unrestricted free agent. He has previously played in the National Hockey League for the Dallas Stars, ...more

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Satu Mäkelä-Nummela is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Satu Mäkelä-Nummela Satu Mäkelä-Nummela is a female Finnish sports shooter. She won the gold medal in the Women's Trap event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She has also won bronze medals in Women's Trap ...more

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Tuomo Ruutu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
Tuomo Ruutu Carolina Hurricanes Tuomo Iisakki Ruutu is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who plays for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He is the younger brother of Jarkko Ruutu, a former NHL player ...more