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List of the most popular authors from Finland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Finnish authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Finnish writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Antero Alli A Modern Shaman's Guide to a Pregnant Universe, Astrologik, Towards an Archeology of the Soul Antero Alli was born 11 November 1952, in Finland. Alli currently resides in Berkeley, California, where he conducts workshops and stages theatrical productions, some of which have been released ...more

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Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Jean Sibelius Dritte symphonie, Flickan kom ifran sin älsklings möte, Linnaea. Op. 76^! no. 11. Pianolle 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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Tove Jansson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Tove Jansson The Summer Book, Moominvalley in November, Moominpappa at Sea 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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Arto Paasilinna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Arto Paasilinna The Howling Miller, Elämä lyhyt^! Rytkönen pitkä, The Year of the Hare Arto Tapio Paasilinna is a Finnish writer, being a former journalist turned comic novelist. One of the most successful novelists of Finland, he has won a broad readership outside of Finland in a ...more

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Marco Casagrande is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Marco Casagrande Biourban Acupuncture, Mostarin tien liftarit 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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Peter von Bagh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Peter von Bagh Sininen laulu. Itsenäisen Suomen taiteiden tarina 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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Jörn Donner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Jörn Donner Far och son, Report from Berlin Jörn Donner is a writer, film director, film producer. politician, actor and film editor.

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Antti Tuuri is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Antti Tuuri A Day in Ostrobothnia, Rukajärven tiellä, Suuri pieni maa Antti Elias Tuuri is a Finnish writer, known for his works dealing with Southern Ostrobothnia. The Äitini-suku-series tells the stories of the Finns who emigrated to the United States. He ...more

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Pentti Saarikoski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Pentti Saarikoski Aika Prahassa, Dances of the Obscure, Jag går där jag går Pentti Saarikoski was one of the most important poets in the literary scene of Finland during the 1960s and 1970s. His body of work comprises poetry and translations, among them such classics as ...more

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Eero Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Eero Saarinen Eero Saarinen on His Work 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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Kjell Westö is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Kjell Westö Där vi en gång gått, Lang, Hägring 38 Kjell Westö is a Finnish author and journalist. Westö writes in Swedish. In 2006, Westö won the Finlandia Prize for his novel Där vi en gång gått. He has been ...more

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Ragnar Granit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Ragnar Granit Mechanisms regulating the discharge of motoneurons, Charles Scott Sherrington, The development of retinal neurophysiology 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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Juice Leskinen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Juice Leskinen Juhani Juice Leskinen, better known as Juice Leskinen, was one of the most prominent Finnish singer-songwriters of the late 20th century. From the early 1970s onward he released nearly 30 ...more

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Kaari Utrio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Kaari Utrio Kuukiven kevät, Porvarin morsian, Rakas Henrietta Kaari Marjatta Utrio is a Finnish writer. She has written tens of historical novels and many non-fiction books on historical topics. She is an educated historian, holding the degree of Bachelor ...more

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Mika Waltari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Mika Waltari The Egyptian, Komisario Palmun erehdys, The Dark Angel Mika Toimi Waltari was a Finnish writer, best known for his best-selling novel The Egyptian.

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Nils-Aslak Valkeapää is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää Ruoktu váimmus, The Sun^! My father, Greetings from Lappland Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, known as Áillohaš in the Northern Sami language was a Finnish Sami writer, musician and artist. He was born in Enontekiö in Lapland province, Finland. ...more

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Irmelin Sandman Lilius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Irmelin Sandman Lilius The goldmaker's house, Storsjöhamnen, Barbidels hav Irmelin Sandman Lilius is a Swedish-speaking Finnish author. Her first book, Trollsång, was published in 1955. She has written picture books and novels for children as well as books for ...more

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Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Elias Lönnrot Kalevala, Kanteletar, Flora Fennica – Suomen Kasvisto 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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Eva-Lis Wuorio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Eva-Lis Wuorio Detour to Danger, Save Alice!, The land of right up and down Eva-Lis Wuorio is an author.

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Alexis Kouros is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Alexis Kouros Children of Gondwana Alexis Kouros is an Iranian-Finnish writer, documentary-maker, director and producer. His first book, Gondwana's Children, won the Finlandia Junior award in 1997. His first film was the 2000 ...more

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Urho Kekkonen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Urho Kekkonen A president's view, Neutrality^! the Finnish position Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, was a Finnish politician who served as Prime Minister of Finland and later as the eighth and longest-serving President of Finland. Kekkonen continued the “active ...more

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Frans Eemil Sillanpää is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Frans Eemil Sillanpää Elämä ja aurinko, Hiltu ja Ragnar, Elokuu Frans Eemil Sillanpää was one of the most famous Finnish writers and in 1939 became the first Finnish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

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Lars Ahlfors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Lars Ahlfors Reimann surfaces, The theory of meromorphic curves, Lectures on quasiconformal mappings Lars Valerian Ahlfors was a Finnish mathematician, remembered for his work in the field of Riemann surfaces and his text on complex analysis.

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Väinö Linna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Väinö Linna The Unknown Soldier, Under the North Star, Under the North Star 2: The Uprising Väinö Linna was a Finnish author. He gained literary fame with his third novel, Tuntematon sotilas, and consolidated his position with the trilogy Täällä

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Johanna Sinisalo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Johanna Sinisalo Not Before Sundown, Baby Doll Aila Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. She studied comparative literature and drama, amongst other subjects, at the University of Tampere. Professionally she ...more

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Osvald Siren is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Osvald Siren The Walls and Gates of Peking, Giotto and some of his followers Osvald Sirén was a Finnish-born Swedish art historian, whose interests included the art of 18th century Sweden, Renaissance Italy and China. Sirén was born in Helsinki. He held the ...more

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Arto Melleri is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Arto Melleri Elävien kirjoissa Arto Matti Vihtori Melleri was a Finnish poet and writer. Melleri gained fame with the play, Pete Q, in the 1970s. He studied at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki 1976 - 1980. He was granted an ...more

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Ilkka Hanski is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Ilkka Hanski Distributional ecology and abundance of dung and carrion-feeding beetles (Scarabaeidae) in tropical rain forests in Sarawak^! Borneo, Ecology^! genetics^! and evolution of metapopulations, The shrinking world Ilkka A. Hanski ForMemRS is a Finnish scientist, working in the field of ecology, at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The Metapopulation Research Group led by Hanski has been nominated as a ...more

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Erik Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Erik Blomberg Erik Blomberg was a Finnish cinematographer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He was married to actress Mirjami Kuosmanen.

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Sofi Oksanen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Sofi Oksanen Purge, Baby Jane, When the Doves Disappeared Sofi Oksanen is a Finnish contemporary writer. She's considered one of the most prominent contemporary authors of her generation as well as a global literary phenomenon. She was born in ...more

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Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Linus Torvalds Just for Fun Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems. ...more

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Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Memoirs Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim was a Finnish military leader and statesman. Mannerheim served as the military leader of the Whites in the Finnish Civil War, Regent of Finland, ...more

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Hannu Salama is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Hannu Salama Minä^! Olli ja Orvokki, Siinä näkijä missä tekijä Hannu Salama is a Finnish author.

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Simo Puupponen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Simo Puupponen Der Hof des kleinen Petrus, Meidän Herramme muurahaisia, Pisikese Peetruse hoov Simo Tapio Puupponen better known by the pen name Aapeli, was a Finnish writer and novelist. Aapeli was a journalist for the Pohjois-Savo and Savon Sanomat newspapers. In 1959 Aapeli won the ...more

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Eija-Liisa Ahtila 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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Veikko Antero Koskenniemi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Veikko Antero Koskenniemi Picturesque Finland Veikko Antero Koskenniemi was a Finnish poet born in Oulu. In 1921 he took the title of Professor of Literary History in University of Turku, Finland. In 1948 he became a member of the Finnish ...more

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Paavo Haavikko is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Paavo Haavikko Audun and the Polar Bear, Agricola ja kettu, Puut^! kaikki heidän vihreytensä Paavo Juhani Haavikko was a Finnish poet and playwright, considered one of the country's most outstanding writers. He was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1984.

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Eino Leino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Eino Leino Kolme lähti^! kaksi palasi. Tarina kieltolain Suomesta Eino Leino was a Finnish poet and journalist and is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. His poems combine modern and Finnish folk elements. The style of much of his work is like ...more

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Erkki Salmenhaara is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Erkki Salmenhaara Suomen musiikin historia 1-4 Erkki Olavi Salmenhaara was a Finnish composer and musicologist.

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Veijo Meri is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Veijo Meri Peiliin piirretty nainen, Sujut, Kersantin poika Veijo Meri is a Finnish writer. Much of his work focuses on war and its absurdity. The work is anti-war and has dark humor. Born in Viipuri, Meri graduated from secondary school in ...more

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Kauko Röyhkä is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Kauko Röyhkä Kauko Röyhkä, is a Finnish rock musician and author. Since the early 1980s he has been a popular rock artist in Finland known especially as a strong lyricist. Röyhkä lived ...more

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Kari Hotakainen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Kari Hotakainen Juoksuhaudantie Kari Hotakainen is a Finnish writer. Hotakainen started his writing career as a reporter in Pori. In 1986, he moved to Helsinki. He became a full-time writer in 1996. He has two children with ...more

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Jarl Hemmer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Jarl Hemmer Jarl Robert Hemmer was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author from Vaasa, Finland where he was born into a wealthy family. His first collection of poems was called Rösterna and it was published ...more

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Kelsey Harrison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Kelsey Harrison An arduous climb Kelsey Atangamuerimo Harrison is an emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology and former vice-chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, who contributed immensely to studies of maternal ...more

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Rabbe Enckell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Rabbe Enckell Tapetdörren, Dikt, Och sanning? Rabbe Arnfinn Enckell was a Finnish author, writer and poet. Enckell is regarded as one of the stalwarts of the Swedo-Finnish poetic revival that began in the 1920s. Enckell was born in Tammela, ...more

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Arvid Mörne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Arvid Mörne Arvid Mörne was a Finnish author and poet. He obtained a Masters degree in literature and history at the University of Helsinki in 1897, and a PhD in 1910. He worked as a superintendent at ...more

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Jussi Halla-aho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Jussi Halla-aho Problems of Proto-Slavic historical nominal morphology, Old Church Slavic Manual Jussi Kristian Halla-aho is a Finnish Slavic linguist, blogger and a politician for the Finns Party who has become well known for his essays criticising the humanitarian immigration and ...more

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Anja Snellman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Anja Snellman Anja Snellman is a Finnish author. She is a novelist and a poet, and as well a journalist and sharp columnist with her own on media criticism based TV-program every week. She is also a second ...more

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Minna Canth is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Minna Canth Anna Liisa, The Pastor's Family, Agnes Minna Canth was a Finnish writer and social activist. Canth began to write while managing her family draper's shop and living as a widow raising seven children. Her work addresses issues of ...more

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Sinikka Nopola is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Finland
Sinikka Nopola Gekko and Puupponen, Heinähattu ja Vilttitossu Sinikka Nopola is a writer.