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Famous Athletes from Finland

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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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  • 1

    Olli Jokinen

    Calgary Flames

    BirthplaceKuopio, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionCenterman

    Olli Veli Pekka Jokinen (born December 5, 1978) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. He was selected by the Los Angeles Kings third overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, with whom he...  more
  • 2

    Valtteri Filppula

    Detroit Red Wings

    BirthplaceVantaa, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionCenterman

    Valtteri Filppula (born 20 March 1984) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008....  more
  • 3
    Sami Tuomas Hyypiä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsɑmi ˈhyːpiæ]; born 7 October 1973) is a Finnish football manager and former defender. Hyypiä began his playing career with Ykkönen side Kumu and soon...  more
  • 4
    Katja Johanna Alice Nyberg (born 24 August 1979) is a naturalized Norwegian handball player, currently retired. She played 99 games and scored 321 goals for the Norwegian national team during her...  more
  • 5
    Tanja Tuulia Poutiainen (born 6 April 1980) 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...  more
  • 6
    Pirjo Muranen (née Manninen, born March 8, 1981 in Rovaniemi) is a retired Finnish cross-country skier. She won a bronze medal in the 4 × 5 km relay at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Muranen...  more
  • 7

    Niklas Hagman

    Anaheim Ducks

    BirthplaceEspoo, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionLeft Wing

    Niklas Hagman (born December 5, 1979) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. He was a third round pick of the Florida Panthers, 70th overall, at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and made his...  more
  • 8

    Sami Salo

    Vancouver Canucks

    BirthplaceTurku, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionDefenseman

    Sami Sakari Salo (born 2 September 1974) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his professional career with TPS of the SM-liiga before...  more
  • 9
    Åke Leonard Lindman (11 January 1928 in Helsinki – 3 March 2009), born Åke Leonard Järvinen, was a Finnish director and actor. In his youth Lindman was a football player, playing defence for the...  more
  • 10
    Heidi Marianne Pelttari (born 2 August 1985 in Tampere) is a retired Finnish hockey defenceman who played with the Tampereen Ilves in the Naisten SM-sarja and with the Finnish national team...  more
  • 11

    Mikko Koivu

    Minnesota Wild

    BirthplaceTurku, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionCenterman

    Mikko Sakari Koivu (born March 12, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey center currently playing for, and serving as captain of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Koivu was...  more
  • 12

    Emma Laaksonen

    Ohio State Buckeyes women's ice hockey

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    NationalityFinland

    Emma Kristiina Terho, née Laaksonen, (born 17 December 1981 in Washington, D.C.) is a Finnish retired ice hockey defenseman who currently serves as an active member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission....  more
  • 13

    Teemu Selänne

    Anaheim Ducks

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionRight wing

    Teemu Ilmari Selänne (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈt̪e̞ːmu ˈilmɑri ˈse̞lænːe̞]), nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" (born July 3, 1970), is a Finnish former professional ice hockey winger. He began his...  more
  • 14
    Karoliina Stina Margaretha Rantamäki (born 23 February 1978 in Vantaa) is a Finnish ice hockey forward who currently plays with HIFK in the Naisten Liiga (NSML), the premiere women's ice hockey...  more
  • 15
    Virpi Katriina Sarasvuo (née Kuitunen, born 20 May 1976) is a Finnish former cross-country skier who competed from 1995 to 2010. She won a bronze medal in the team sprint event (with Aino-Kaisa...  more
  • 16
    Kaisa-Leena Mäkäräinen (born 11 January 1983) is a Finnish world-champion and 3-time world-cup-winning biathlete, who currently competes for Kontiolahden Urheilijat. Outside sports, Mäkäräinen is...  more
  • 17
    Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (born 1 February 1979) is a retired Finnish cross country skier who competed in the World Cup between 1998 and 2018. With 354 individual World Cup starts, Saarinen is the current...  more
  • 18
    Saara Tuominen is an ice hockey player....  more
  • 19
    Matti Antero Hautamäki (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈmɑtːi ˈɑntero ˈhɑutɑmæki]; born 14 July 1981) is a Finnish former ski jumper who competed from 1997 to 2012. He is one of Finland's most successful...  more
  • 20

    Niklas Bäckström

    Minnesota Wild

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionGoaltender

    Niklas Oskar Bäckström (Swedish: [ˈnɪkːlas ²bɛkːstrœm]; born 13 February 1978) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender and current goaltending coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He...  more
  • 21

    Kimmo Timonen

    Philadelphia Flyers

    BirthplaceKuopio, Finland

    NationalityFinland

    PositionDefenseman

    Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born 18 March 1975) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia...  more
  • 22
    Susanna Pöykiö (born 22 February 1982) is a Finnish former figure skater. She is a two-time European medalist (silver in 2005, bronze in 2009) and a five-time (2000, 2002, 2005–2007) Finnish national...  more
  • 23
    Jere Kalervo Lehtinen (born June 24, 1973) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward. A right winger, he was drafted in the third round, 88th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the...  more
  • 24
    Noora Raty is an ice hockey player.  ...  more
  • 25
    Kiira Linda Katriina Korpi (Finnish pronunciation: ['kiːrɑ 'korpi], born 26 September 1988) is a Finnish figure skater. She is a three-time European medalist (bronze in 2007 and 2011, silver in...  more

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