The History of Finland -- Suomen Historia
New Book by Historian Jason Lavery, Ph.D.

45 Notable Finns


45 Notable Finns

Author Jason Lavery describes 45 notable Finns briefly in the chapter Notable People in The History of Finland. They are listed below with selected websites for further information. Those who are discussed in the text of The History of Finland are marked with *.

Most of those 45 notable Finns are among the 100 notable Finns that resulted from of a national opinion poll that the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) performed in 2004. These Finns are marked with YLE.

The comprehensive website of the National Biography of Finland is located at www.kansallisbiografia.fi and provides entries for all those 45 notable Finns that are marked with B.

A good source for all kinds of information is the site Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland at http://virtual.finland.fi. It is maintained by the Finnish government. The site provides either separate entries and/or third-party articles which can be viewed within the site.

*Aalto, Alvar (1998-1976), Architect
The Alvar Aalto Museum http://www.alvaraalto.fi
The Great Buildings Collection http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Alvar_Aalto.html
Virtual Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/alvar.html
(YLE B)
*Agricola, Mikael (c. 1510-1557), Bishop, Church reformer, and "Father of the Finnish language"
(YLE B)
*Ahtisaari, Martti (1937-), Diplomat and President
The Crisis Management Initiative http://www.cmi.fi/?content=cv_board&id=1
BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1944663.stm
Fulbright Association http://www.fulbrightalumni.org/olc/pub/FBA/fulbright_prize/ahtisarri_bio.html
(B)
*Canth, Minna (1844-1897), Finnish-language Female Author
Minna Cant Homepage http://minnacanth.kuopio.fi
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/mcanth.htm
Kristiina Institute, University of Helsinki http://www.helsinki.fi/kristiina-instituutti/klassikkogalleria/canth/index.htm
(YLE B)
*Chydenius, Anders (1729-1803), Enlightenment Thinker and Clergyman
Anders Chydenius Foundation http://www.chydenius.net
Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/authors/chyden.html
(YLE B)
*Donner, Jörn (1933-), Author, Moviemaker, Public Intellectual, and Politician
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jdonner.htm
New York Times, Movies http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=186720
*Engel, Carl Ludvig (1778-1840), Architect of Helsinki
Webservice of the City of Vienna http://www.wien.gv.at/stadtentwicklung/helsinki/index.htm
Scholars Resource
http://www.scholarsresource.com/browse/artist/-624411669
(B)
*Gallen-Kallela, Akseli (1865-1931), Painter
Gallen-Kallela Museum
http://www.gallen-kallela.fi
Kalela http://www.kalela.net
Artcyclopedia http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/gallen-kallela_akseli.html
(YLE B)
*Halonen, Tarja (1943-), First Female President
The President of the Republic of Finland http://www.presidentti.fi
Forbes, The 100 Most Powerful Women http://www.forbes.com/lists/2006/11/06women_Tarja-Halonen_6T1X.html
(YLE)
Max Jakobson (1923-), Journalist, Diplomat, and Historian
*Jansson, Tove (1914-2001), Author and Painter
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/tjansson.htm
The Moomintroll Home Page http://www.io.com/~fazia/Moomin.html
Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=26185
(YLE B)
*Juslenius, Daniel (1676-1752), Clergyman and Scholar
Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/authors/juslenda.html
University of Helsinki, Museum http://www.helsinki.fi/museologia/arppeanumin_ikkunat/ylioppilaselamaa/juslenius.html
*Kaurismäki, Aki (1957-), Moviemaker
Siunattu Teknologia! http://www.sci.fi/~solaris/kauris
Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=26197
The New York Times, Movies http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=96912
(YLE B)
*Kekkonen, Urho (1900-1986), Longest-serving President from 1956 until 1981
Jason Lavery "All of the President's Historians: The Debate over Urho Kekkonen" in Scandinavian Studies 75, number 3, 2003, pages 375-398. Buy at Amazon. or view Find Articles at http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb275/is_200309/ai_hibm1G1111463126

Jason Lavery "Remembering Kekkonen on the 100th Anniversary of his Birthday" in Scandinavian Review 85, number 3, 2001, pages 5-12. Buy at Amazon. or view Find Articles at http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3760/is_200101/ai_n8943536

Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/ukekko.htm
The National Library of Finland http://www.lib.helsinki.fi/merkkihenkilot/ukk
*Kivi, Aleksis (1834-1872), Father of Modern Finnish-language Literature
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/akivi.htm
Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=27033
(YLE B)
*Lalli (?-circa 1160), Peasant and Rebel
(YLE B)
*Leino, Eino (1878-1926), Author
Eino Leinon Juhlavuosi http://www.einoleino.com
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/eleino.htm
(YLE B)
*Leskinen, Juhani "Juice" (1950-), Singer and Writer
Juice Leskinen http://www.juiceleskinen.fi
(YLE)
*Linna, Väinö (1920-1992), Author
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/vlinna.htm
Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/authors/linnavai.html
(YLE)
*Lönnrot, Elias (1802-1884), Physician and Collector of Poems of Finnish-speaking People of Russian Karelia
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/lonnrot.htm
(YLE B)
*Mannerheim, Carl Gustav Emil (1867-1951), Widely Regarded as the Greatest Single Figure of Finland's Twentieth Century
Mannerheim, Carl Gustav Emil http://www.mannerheim.fi
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/cgmanner.htm
Virtual Finland- Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=26121
(YLE B)
*Nurmi, Paavo (1897-1973), Long-distance Runner "Flying Finn"
Virtual Finland- Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=26157
The Sports Museum of Finland http://www.urheilumuseo.org/Paavonurmi/pnhome.htm
Official Website of the Olympic Movementhttp://www.olympic.org/uk/athletes/profiles/bio_uk.asp?PAR_I_ID=53102
(YLE B)
*Ollila, Jorma (1950-), Chair and CEO of Nokia
Time Magazine, 2001 Global Influentials http://www.time.com/time/2001/influentials/ybollila.htm
Nokia http://www.nokia.com
(YLE B)

*Paasikivi, J.K. (Juho Kusti) (1870-1956), Political Leader
(YLE B)

*Porthan, Henrik Gabriel (1739-1804), Scholar and Advocate of Finnish Language and Culture
Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/authors/porthanh.html
The National Library of Finland http://www.lib.helsinki.fi/english/infoe/history.htm
(B)
*Ratia, Armi (1913-1979), Founder of the Marimekkko Company
Design Museum http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/designmuseo/0505/index.htm
Find Articles http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3760/is_200404/ai_n9407060
(YLE B)
*Runeberg, Johan Ludvig (1804-1877), Finland's National Poet
Project Runeberg http://www.runeberg.net

Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/runeberg.htm
(YLE B)
*Ruotsalainen, Paavo (1777-1852), Leader of the Religious Revival Movement
The Booklet Bridge http://www.kirjasilta.net/ruotsalainen/index.htm
(YLE)
*Schjerfbeck, Helene (1862-1946), Painter
Artcyclopedia http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/schjerfbeck_helene.html
Finnish National Board of Education http://www.edu.fi/oppimateriaalit/kultakausi/heletext.html
(YLE B)
*Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957), Composer
University of Helsinki http://www.helsinki.fi/kasv/nokol/sibelius.html
Åbo Akademi http://www.abo.fi/fak/hf/musik/Sibelius/EN
(YLE B)
*Sillanpää, F.E. (Frans Emil) *1888-1964), Author and Nobel Laureate
Nobelprize.Org http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1939
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/fesillan.htm
(YLE B)
*Snellman, J.V. (Johan Vilhelm) (1806-1881), Finnish-language Nationalist
University of Helsinki http://www.helsinki.fi/historiallisethumanistit/snellman.html
Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/authors/snellman.htm
Nykarlebyvyer http://www.nykarlebyvyer.nu/sidor/TEXTER/PERS/snellmjvu.htm
(YLE B)
*Sprengtporten, Göran Magnus (1740-1819), Aristocrat and Military Officer
The Swedish Finn Historical Society's Article Collection http://www.sfhs.eget.net/P_articles/Q_artiklar/indepstruggle.html
(B)
*Ståhlberg, K.J. (Kaarlo Juho) (1865-1952), Jurist and President from 1919 until 1925
Find Articles http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3760/is_199710/ai_n8775051
(YLE B)
*Svinhufvud, Pehr Evind (1861-1944), Political Leader
The American Presidency Project http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=23374
(YLE B)
*Talvela, Martti (1935-1989), Opera Singer
Back Cantatas Website http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Talvela-Martti.htm
IMDb http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0848328/bio
(B)
*Tanner, Väinö (1881-1966), Political Leader and Leader of Finland's Cooperative Movement
Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=25940
Kansan Tahto http://www.kansantahto.fi/makelin/alustus1.htm
(YLE B)
*Topelius, Zachris (Sakari) (1818-1898), Writer, Journalist, and Historian
University of Helsinki http://www.helsinki.fi/kasv/nokol/topelius.htm
Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=27086
(YLE B)
*Valkeapää, Nils-Aslak (1943-2001) Sámi Writer, Visual Artist, Musician
Rovaniemi http://www.rovaniemi.fi/lapinkirjailijat/vpaa.htm
(YLE)
*Virén, Lasse (1949-), Long-distance Runner
Official Website of the Olympic Movement http://www.olympic.org/uk/athletes/profiles/bio_uk.asp?PAR_I_ID=43478
Find Articles http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4159/is_20041121/ai_n12761953
(YLE)
*Virtanen, A.I. (Artturi Ilmari) (1895-1973), Biochemist and Nobel Laureate
A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences http://www.uku.fi/aivi

Nobelprize.Org http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1945/virtanen-bio.htm
(YLE B)
*Waltari, Mika (1908-1979), Author
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/mwaltari.htm
Waltari Valkokankaalla http://waltari.lasipalatsi.fi
Project Runeberg http://runeberg.org/authors/waltmika.html
(YLE B)
*Wirkkala, Tapio (1915-1985), Pioneer in Finnish Applied Art and Industrial Design
Virtual Finland - Your Window on Finland http://virtual.finland.fi/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=26196
Design Museum http://www.scandinaviandesign.com/tapioWirkkala
Design Forum Finland http://www.finnishdesign.fi/designerbio?id=899034
(B)
*Wright, Georg Henrik von (1916-2003), Philosopher
Books and Writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/gwright.htm
Gifford Lectures http://www.giffordlectures.org/Author.asp?AuthorID=183
Guardian Unlimited, Obituaries http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,990983,00.html
(YLE B)
*Ylppö, Arvo (1887-1992)
(YLE B)

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