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Famous Finns

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

M - O

  • Eero Mantyranta olympic medalist
  • Karita Mattila opera singer
  • Arno Rafael Minkkinen documentary photographer
  • Olli Mustonen composer, pianist
  • Jonni Myyra olympic medalist
  • Rolf Nevanlinna mathematician
  • Toni Nieminen olympic medalist
  • Nightwish music group
  • Ari-Pekka Nikkola olympic medalist
  • Adolf Erik Nordenskiold arctic explorer
  • Sara Nunes singer
  • Maila Nurmi actress
  • Paavo Nurmi olympic medalist
  • Tuomari Nurmio singer, songwriter
  • Sakari Oramo conductor
  • Risto Orko film producer, director
  • Kati Outinen actress
P
  • Mikko Paananen (Mige) musician
  • Arto Paasilinna author
  • Erno Paasilinna author, journalist
  • Kalle Paatalo author
  • Olavi Paavolainen essayist, journalist, poet
  • Kalle Palander olumpic skiing medalist
  • Onni Palaste author
  • Tauno Palo actor
  • Jorma Panula conductor, composer
  • Spede Pasanen director, producer
  • Matti Pellonpaa actor
  • Lauri "Takho" Pihkala inventor finnish baseball
  • Joni Pitkane nhl hockey player
  • Mika Pohjola pianist, composer
  • Pekka Pohjola musician, composer
  • Anne Marie Pohtamo miss universe
  • Lauri Porra musician
  • Lasse Poysti actor
R - S
  • Kimi-Matias Raikkonen race car driver
  • Tuukka Mikael Rask hockey player
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara composer
  • Ville Ritola olympic medalist
  • Keijo "Keke" Rosberg race car driver
  • Johan Ludvig Runeberg poet (national poet of finland)
  • Arto Saari professional skateboarder
  • Kaija Saariaho composer
  • Eero Saarinen architect
  • Aulis Sallinen composer
  • Matti Salminen opera singer
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor, composer
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor
  • Reidar Sarestoniemi artist
  • Timo Sarpaneva designer
  • Helene Schjerfbeck artist
  • Leif Segerstam conductor, composer
  • Teemu Selanne "The Finnish Flash" hockey player
  • Jean Sibelius composer
  • Frans Emil Sillanpaa author, nobel prize laureate
  • Hugo Simberg artist
  • Johanna Sinisalo author
  • Sonata Arctica music group
  • Kaarlo Juho Stahlberg first president independent finland
  • Mauritz Stiller screenwriter, film director
  • John Storgards conductor
  • Kari Suomalainen political cartoonist
T - Y
  • Martti Talvela opera singer
  • Jonna Tervomaa singer, songwriter
  • The Rasmus band
  • The 69 Eyes band
  • Clas Thunberg olympic medalist
  • Marta Tikkanen author
  • Zacharias Topelius author, historian
  • Linus Torvalds engineer, developer Linux
  • Tarja Turunen singer
  • Karrie Utrio author
  • Ville Valo singer, songwriter
  • Osmo Vanska conductor
  • Varttina band
  • Lasse Viren olympic medalist
  • Artturi Ilmari Virtanen chemist, nobel prize laureate
  • Rudolf Walden founder united paper mills
  • Mika Waltari author
  • Tapio Wirkkala designer, sculptor
  • Lauri Ylonen singer, songwriter
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.