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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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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-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 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 is an ice hockey player.

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Matti Hautamäki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
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
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
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 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 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 is an ice hockey player.  

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Kiira Korpi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Finland
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