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List of famous writers from Finland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Finland is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Finnish writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Finland and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List contains writers like Saima Harmaja and Eero Saarinen.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Finnish writers?" and "Which writers are from Finland?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Finland in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Finland, but they're all of Finland descent.

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Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died 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

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Mika Waltari is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 71 (1908-1979) Mika Toimi Waltari was a Finnish writer, best known for his best-selling novel The Egyptian.

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Aki Kaurismäki is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 61 Aki Olavi Kaurismäki is a Finnish screenwriter and film director.

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Peter von Bagh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died 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

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Spede Pasanen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 71 (1930-2001) Pertti Olavi "Spede" Pasanen was a Finnish film director and producer, comedian, humorist, inventor, TV personality and practitioner of gags. During his career he directed, wrote, ...more

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Irina Björklund is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 45 Irina Felicia Björklund is a Finland-Swedish actress and singer.

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Marco Casagrande is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 47 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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Jörn Donner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 85 Jörn Donner is a writer, film director, film producer. politician, actor and film editor.

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Tove Jansson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died 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

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Åke Lindman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers 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

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Mika Kaurismäki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 63 Mika Juhani Kaurismäki is a Finnish film director. He is the elder brother of Aki Kaurismäki, and the father of Maria Kaurismäki, who graduated from Tampere School of Art and ...more

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Eero Saarinen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died 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

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Mauritz Stiller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 45 (1883-1928) Mauritz Stiller was a Finnish-Swedish film director, best known for discovering Greta Garbo and bringing her to America. Stiller had been a pioneer of the Swedish film industry, writing and ...more

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Antti Tuuri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 74 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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Samuli Torssonen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 40 Samuli Torssonen is a Finnish film writer, director, actor and producer, best known as the creator of the viral Star Wreck sci-fi series. He was a producer and special-effects supervisor of the ...more

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Ere Kokkonen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 70 (1938-2008) Erkki Olavi "Ere" Kokkonen, born in Savonlinna, was a Finnish film director. He worked closely with Spede Pasanen all the way from the 1960s until Spede's death, as a director and also ...more

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Kjell Westö is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 57 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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Markus Selin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Markus Selin age 58 Markus Selin is a television and film producer.

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Arto Paasilinna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 76 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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Alexis Kouros is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 57 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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Johanna Sinisalo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 60 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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Timo Koivusalo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 55 Timo Johannes Koivusalo is a Finnish actor, director, writer, columnist, composer and musician. His most successful film to date was Rentun Ruusu, which debuted in the movie theaters in 2001. He ...more

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Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 66 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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Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 49 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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Ilppo Pohjola is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Ilppo Pohjola age 61 Ilppo Pohjola is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Jaakko Pakkasvirta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 84 Jaakko Pakkasvirta is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He has directed more than 30 films between 1958 and 2000. His 1975 film Home for Christmas was entered into the 9th Moscow ...more

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Irmelin Sandman Lilius is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 82 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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Heikki Nousiainen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 73 Heikki Nousiainen is a Finnish film actor. Nousiainen entered film in 1971 as both a director and actor in Saatanan radikaalit and has made over 40 Finnish film and TV appearances to date. He ...more

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Tommi Korpela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 50 Tommi Korpela is an actor and screenwriter.

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Heikki Silvennoinen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 64 Heikki Johannes Silvennoinen is a Finnish musician and an actor. He was a guitarist and a songwriter in several notable Finnish bands in the 1970s and 1980s, and has also recorded solo albums. ...more

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Aleksi Bardy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 48 Aleksi Bardy is a Finnish television writer, screenwriter and film producer. He has been a political activist on the left of the political spectrum, once standing in elections for the Finnish ...more

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Matti Kassila is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Matti Kassila age 94 Matti Kassila is a Finnish film director who achieved fame as one of the most prominent Finnish filmmakers in the 1950s and 60s. He is most famous for the series of four Inspector Palmu movies, ...more

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Juice Leskinen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 56 (1950-2006) 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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Arto Halonen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Arto Halonen age 54 Arto Halonen is a documentary filmmaker from Finland. He was also teacher of cinematography in Joensuu between 1986-1989. In 2008 China did not give visa to Arto Halonen to participate 2008 ...more

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Heikki Hela is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 54 Heikki Hela is a Finnish entertainer, actor and musician, best remembered for his role in the early 1990s hit show Kummeli and his hit song "Uneton Yö", featured on his debut ...more

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Erik Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 83 (1913-1996) Erik Blomberg was a Finnish cinematographer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He was married to actress Mirjami Kuosmanen.

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Erkka Nissinen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 43 Erkka Nissinen is a film director, film editor, production designer, film score composer, cinematographer and screenwriter.

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Erkki Salmenhaara is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 61 (1941-2002) Erkki Olavi Salmenhaara was a Finnish composer and musicologist.

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Nils-Aslak Valkeapää is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 58 (1943-2001) 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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Frans Eemil Sillanpää is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 76 (1888-1964) 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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Kaari Utrio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 76 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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Aarne Elis Kalliala is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 68 Aarne "Aake" Kalliala is a Finnish actor. He is most famous for appearing on comedy-sketch shows such as Velipuolikuu and Pulttibois. Since 1995 Kalliala has starred the drama series ...more

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Eija-Liisa Ahtila is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 59 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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Urho Kekkonen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 86 (1900-1986) 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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Olli Saarela is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Olli Saarela age 53 Olli Saarela is a Finnish film director. He has directed films such as Ambush, Bad Luck Love, Rollo and the Woods Sprite and Year of the Wolf, which is based on a book written by Virpi ...more

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Aku Louhimies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 50 Aku Louhimies is a Finnish film director and screenwriter.

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Erkki Karu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 48 (1887-1935) Erkki Karu was a Finnish film director, screenwriter and producer, and one of the pioneers of the Finnish cinema.

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Risto Jarva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Died at 43 (1934-1977) Risto Antero Jarva was a Finnish filmmaker. His last film was Jäniksen vuosi. He died in a car accident on his way back from a private showing of the film, and the subsequent party. Jarva ...more

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Mika Ronkainen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
Mika Ronkainen age 48 Mika Ronkainen is a film director, producer, editor, cinematographer and screenwriter.

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Leena Krohn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Finland
age 71 Leena Krohn is a Finnish author. Her large and varied body of work includes novels, short stories, children's books, and essays. In her books she deals with topics that include man's ...more