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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.

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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
Kimi-Matias Räikkönen is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One. After nine seasons racing in Formula One, in which he won the 2007 Formula One World ...more

Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 92 (1865-1957)
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

Eero Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 51 (1910-1961)
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)
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
Dec. at 55 (1870-1925)
Knut Magnus Enckell was a Finnish symbolist painter. At first he painted with a subdued palette, but from 1902 onwards used increasingly bright colors. He was a leading member of the 'Septem' ...more

Ville Virtanen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 57
Ville Virtanen is a Finnish actor.

Renny Harlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 59
Renny Harlin is a Finnish film director and producer. His films include A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Deep Blue Sea. ...more

Kosti Klemelä is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Finland
Kosti Klemelä Dec. at 86 (1920-2006)
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
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
Jussi Chydenius 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 Kaisa Korhonen. His ...more

Kaisa Mäkäräinen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 36
Kaisa-Leena Mäkäräinen is a Finnish biathlete, who currently competes for Kontiolahden Urheilijat. Outside of sports, Mäkäräinen is currently studying to be a ...more

Teemu Selänne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 48
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

Laura Lepistö is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 30
Laura Anneli Lepistö is a Finnish former figure skater. She is the 2010 World bronze medalist, the 2009 European Champion and 2008 and 2010 Finnish national champion. After missing two ...more

Tommy Tabermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Finland
Tommy Tabermann Dec. at 63 (1947-2010)
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
Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm, best 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 punk band Hanoi ...more

Henri Toivonen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 30 (1956-1986)
Henri Pauli Toivonen was a Finnish rally driver born in Jyväskylä, the home of Rally Finland. His father, Pauli Toivonen, was the 1968 European Rally Champion for Porsche and his ...more

Fredrika Bremer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 64 (1801-1865)
Fredrika Bremer was a Swedish writer and a feminist activist. She had a large influence on the social development in Sweden, especially in feminist issues.

Eija Vilpas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Finland
Eija Vilpas age 61
Eija Annikki Vilpas is a Finnish actress. She is known of her roles in several Finnish comedy series, for example Fakta homma and Hynttyyt yhteen. She plays Second Lieutenant Pienimäki's ...more

Erkki Tuomioja is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 72
Erkki Sakari Tuomioja is the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Finnish Parliament. Tuomioja is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Finland, although his political ...more

Tove Jansson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001)
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

Åke Lindman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Finland
Died at 81 (1928-2009)
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

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

Peter von Bagh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Finland
Dec. at 71 (1943-2014)
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

Liisa Helminen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Finland
age 69
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
Died at 53 (1923-1976)
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