Famous Poets from Finland

List of notable or famous poets from Finland, with bios and photos, including the top poets born in Finland and even some popular poets who immigrated to Finland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Finnish poets then this list is the perfect resource for you. These poets are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known poet from Finland is included when available.

Examples include Kirsi Kunnas and Anni Sinnemäki.

This historic poets from Finland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Finnish poets of note?" and "Who are the most famous poets from Finland?" These prominent poets of Finland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Finnish poets.

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  • Anni Milja Maaria Sinnemäki (born 20 July 1973) is a Finnish politician and a member of the Finnish Parliament between 1999 and 2015, representing the Green League.
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
  • Arvid Mörne
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    Arvid Mörne (born 6 May 1876 in Kuopio, dead 15 June 1946 in Kauniainen) was a Finnish author and poet. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1876-1946)
    • Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland
  • Bertel Gripenberg
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    Bertel Gripenberg is a writer.
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jarl Robert Hemmer (18 September 1893 – 6 December 1944) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish author. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature eight times.
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1893-1944)
    • Birthplace: Vaasa, Finland
  • Juhani Juice Leskinen (formerly Pauli Matti Juhani "Juice" Leskinen), better known as just Juice Leskinen (pronounced [ˈjujse ˈleskinen] (listen), (unlike the English word juice); 19 February 1950 in – 24 November 2006), was one of the most prominent Finnish singer-songwriters of the late 20th century. From the early 1970s onward he released nearly 30 full-length albums, as well as writing song lyrics for dozens of Finnish artists. Several of Leskinen's songs have reached classic status in Finnish popular music, e.g., "Viidestoista yö", "Kaksoiselämää" and "Syksyn sävel". His early records are considered staples of the so-called Manserock movement of the mid-'70s. In addition to Leskinen's musical work, he extended his focus to poetry and playwriting with nine collections of verse and seven plays published. After moving to Tampere to study in 1970, Leskinen began his recording career in 1973 with the eponymous debut album of Juice Leskinen & Coitus Int. One more record, Per Vers, runoilija, was made under the same band name, but from then on he released records with several line-ups, most notably Juice Leskinen Slam and Juice Leskinen Grand Slam from the late 1970s until the mid 1980s. Although concentrating more on poetry from the early 1990s, Leskinen still released new music every few years despite his failing health caused by years of unhealthy life habits. After the longest hiatus of his recording career, L marked Leskinen's 50th birthday in 2000. His last record, Senaattori ja boheemi (released in 2004), is a collaboration with Mikko Alatalo, a return to their partnership of the early 1970s. He wrote Nuku pommiin in 1982 for the Eurovision Song Contest. Juice Leskinen's most famous songs include "Viidestoista yö" (Fifteenth Night), "Musta aurinko nousee", "Marilyn", "Rakkauden ammattilainen" (Professional of Love) and "Norjalainen villapaita" (Norwegian cardigan). Leskinen was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in the early 2000's.He qualified 38th in the poll of the 100 Greatest Finns held during the summer of 2004. Leskinen died in 2006 after suffering from chronic kidney disease, cirrhosis and diabetes. He is buried in Kalevankangas cemetery, Tampere, near the main gate.Leskinen has gained a considerable amount of posthumous recognition. A musical about Leskinen, titled Juice - taiteilijaelämää (an artist's life) premiered in Tampere on 30 August 2011. In 2015, two film companies announced plans for biography films. One of them was cancelled. In 2014 a biography of Juice was published, written by Antti Heikkinen, and named Risainen elämä. Juice Leskinen 1950–2006
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1950-2006)
    • Birthplace: Finland, Juankoski
  • Kirsi Kunnas
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    Kirsi Marjatta Kunnas (born 14 December 1924 in Helsinki) is a Finnish poet, children's literature author and translator into Finnish. Her extensive oeuvre consists of poems, fairy tale books, drama, translations (e.g. Lewis Carroll, Federico García Lorca) and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into Swedish, English, German, French, Hungarian, Estonian and Polish. She has received several prizes and awards in Finland for her life's work. Kunnas is married to author Jaakko Syrjä. The lead singer and songwriter Martti Syrjä and guitarist Mikko Syrjä of Eppu Normaali are their sons. Her father was the painter, Väinö Kunnas.
    • Age: 98
    • Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland