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Famous People From Finland

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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.
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  • BirthplaceEspoo, Finland

    GenderMale

    Kimi-Matias Räikkönen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈkimi ˈmɑtiɑs ˈræikːønen]; born 17 October 1979), nicknamed "Iceman", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing....  more
  • Jean Sibelius

    Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)

    BirthplaceHämeenlinna, Finland

    GenderMale

    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

    Dec. at 51 (1910-1961)

    BirthplaceKirkkonummi, Finland

    GenderMale

    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

    Dec. at 35 (1883-1918)

    BirthplaceAlavus, Finland

    GenderMale

    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 Grand...  more
  • Magnus Enckell

    Dec. at 55 (1870-1925)

    BirthplaceHamina, Finland

    GenderMale

    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, black,...  more
  • BirthplaceEspoo, Finland

    GenderMale

    Ville Virtanen is a Finnish actor....  more
  • Renny Harlin

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceRiihimäki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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

    Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)

    BirthplaceFinland

    GenderMale

    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 Finnish...  more
  • Lasse Mårtenson

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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 Contest in 1964 with the song...  more
  • BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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
  • BirthplaceRistijärvi, Finland

    GenderFemale

    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
  • BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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
  • BirthplaceEspoo, Finland

    GenderFemale

    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) Finnish...  more
  • Tommy Tabermann

    Dec. at 63 (1947-2010)

    BirthplaceEkenäs, Finland, Finland

    GenderMale

    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 in the...  more
  • BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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 glam...  more

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  • Henri Toivonen

    Dec. at 30 (1956-1986)

    BirthplaceJyväskylä, Finland

    GenderMale

    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 Porsche and his...  more
  • Fredrika Bremer

    Dec. at 64 (1801-1865)

    BirthplaceTurku, Finland

    GenderFemale

    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 1840s and...  more
  • Eija Vilpas

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceTuusula, Helsinki, Finland

    GenderFemale

    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 focal...  more
  • BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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

    Dec. at 87 (1914-2001)

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderFemale

    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 strip...  more
  • Åke Lindman

    Dec. at 81 (1928-2009)

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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
  • Elias Lönnrot

    Dec. at 82 (1802-1884)

    BirthplaceSammatti, Finland

    GenderMale

    Elias Lönnrot (Finnish: [ˈe.li.ɑs ˈløn.ruːt] (listen); 9 April 1802 – 19 March 1884) was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best known for...  more
  • Peter von Bagh

    Dec. at 71 (1943-2014)

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    GenderMale

    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
  • BirthplaceTurku, Finland

    GenderFemale

    Liisa Helminen is a screenwriter, film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer....  more
  • Aarne Tarkas

    Dec. at 53 (1923-1976)

    BirthplacePori, Finland

    GenderMale

    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 Award....  more