Famous People From Finland

Updated May 16, 2018 49.7k views 1,000 items

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.
Kimi Räikkönen... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 39

Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkimi ˈmɑtiɑs ˈræikːønen]; born 17 October 1979), nicknamed "Iceman", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving ...more
Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland

Jean Sibelius (; Swedish pronunciation ), born Johan Julius Christian Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern ...more

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Eero Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eero Saarinen Dec. at 51 (1910-1961)

Birthplace: Kirkkonummi, Finland

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
Toivo Kuula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 35 (1883-1918)

Birthplace: Alavus, Finland

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
Magnus Enckell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Finland
Magnus Enckell Dec. at 55 (1870-1925)

Birthplace: Hamina, Finland

Knut Magnus Enckell (November 9, 1870 in Hamina – November 27, 1925 in Stockholm) was a Finnish symbolist painter. At first he painted with a subdued palette (which included mostly just grey, ...more
Ville Virtanen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 54

Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Ville Virtanen is a Finnish actor.
Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Finland
Renny Harlin Age: 56

Birthplace: Riihimäki, Finland

Renny Harlin (born Lauri Mauritz Harjola; 15 March 1959) is a Finnish film director, producer and screenwriter. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Die Hard 2, ...more
Kosti Klemelä is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Finland
Kosti Klemelä Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)

Birthplace: Finland

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
Lasse Mårtenson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Finland
Lasse Mårtenson Age: 84

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

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
Jussi Chydenius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 46

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Jussi Chydenius (born December 30, 1972) 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 ...more
Kaisa Mäkär&au... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 36

Birthplace: Ristijärvi, Finland

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 ...more
Teemu Selänne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 45

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Teemu Ilmari Selänne (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈt̪e̞ːmu ˈilmɑri ˈse̞lænːe̞]), nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" (born July 3, 1970), is a Finnish former professional ice hockey ...more
Laura Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 30

Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Laura Anneli Lepistö (born 25 April 1988) is a Finnish former competitive figure skater. She is the 2010 world bronze medalist, the 2009 European champion, and a two-time (2008 and 2010) ...more
Tommy Tabermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Finland
Tommy Tabermann Dec. at 63 (1947-2010)

Birthplace: Ekenäs, Finland, Finland

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
Michael Monroe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm (born 17 June 1962), better known by his stage name, Michael Monroe, is a Finnish rock musician and multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame as the vocalist for the ...more

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Henri Toivonen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 30 (1956-1986)

Birthplace: Jyväskylä, Finland

Henri Pauli Toivonen (25 August 1956 – 2 May 1986) was a Finnish rally driver born in Jyväskylä, the home of Rally Finland. His father, Pauli, was the 1968 European Rally Champion for ...more
Fredrika Bremer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 64 (1801-1865)

Birthplace: Turku, Finland

Fredrika Bremer (17 August 1801 – 31 December 1865) was a Swedish writer and feminist reformer. Her Sketches of Everyday Life were wildly popular in Britain and the United States during the ...more
Eija Vilpas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eija Vilpas Age: 61

Birthplace: Tuusula, Helsinki, Finland

Eija Annikki Vilpas (born 17 July 1957 in Tuusula, Finland) is a Finnish actress. She is known of her roles in several Finnish comedy series, for example Fakta homma and Hynttyyt yhteen. The ...more
Erkki Tuomioja is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 72

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Erkki Sakari Tuomioja (born 1 July 1946) is a Finnish politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament. From 2000 to 2007 and 2011 to 2015, he served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. He was ...more
Tove Jansson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001)

Birthplace: Scandinavia, Uusimaa, Europe, Helsinki-Tallin Euregio, Northern Europe, + more

Tove Marika Jansson (Finland Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtuːvɛ ˈjɑːnsɔn] (listen), (9 August 1914 – 27 June 2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author, novelist, painter, illustrator and comic ...more
Åke Lindman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 81 (1928-2009)

Birthplace: Finland, Helsinki

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, ...more
Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 82 (1802-1884)

Birthplace: Sammatti, Finland

Elias Lönnrot (Finnish: [ˈɑs ˈløn.ruːt] (listen); 9 April 1802 – 19 March 1884) was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best ...more
Peter von Bagh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: Died at 71 (1943-2014)

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Kari Peter Conrad von Bagh (29 August 1943 – 17 September 2014) 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 ...more
Liisa Helminen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Finland
Age: 69

Birthplace: Turku, Finland

Liisa Helminen is a screenwriter, film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.
Aarne Tarkas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 53 (1923-1976)

Birthplace: Pori, Finland

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