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Famous Finns (rest of the world never heard of)


Here I'll be introducing Finnish artists of all sorts, past and present.


I'm starting with music icon Juhani "Juice" Leskinen (1950-2006) - because there happens to be some programs on TV about him today.

It would hard - nay, impossible - to name five songwriters whose lyrics are better known and loved to all Finns than Juice Leskinen. It is equally hard for me come up with an international artist who to compare him; perhaps Bob Dylan has in some ways similar status.

Juice's songs are often melancholy and pessimistic with a hint of dark humor - truly the image of Finnish mentality.


Some of his biggest hits:

Viidestoista yö (Fifteenth Night)



Syksyn sävel (Note of Autumn)



Rakkauden ammattilainen (Professional of Love)



And a personal favorite of mine:
Myrkytyksen oireet (Symptoms of Poisoning)



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Re: Famous Finns (rest of the world never heard of)


]Helene Schjefbeck (1862-1946) is the most famous female Finnish painter.

]see her works here



I think I've seen couple of her paintings long ago in the local museums.

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Re: Famous Finns (rest of the world never heard of)


2004 we had TV series with voting for 100 greatest Finns ever - similar as in over 20 other countries, started with "100 Greatest Britons". So I took a look at the result to see who I've missed.

Places 1, 2, 3 and 5 go to presidents (Mannerheim won). Of the top 10 others that I've explained one time or another (see Finnish culture... topic) are Mikael Agricola, Aleksis Kivi and Elias Lönnrot and composer Jean Sibelius I hope people have heard of.
This leaves two:


Adolf Erik Ehrnrooth (9 February 1905 – 26 February 2004)

Ehrnrooth was a war hero and served as general nearly two decades after the war. He was also Finland's equestrian competitor in London Olympics 1948.
His greatest symbolic significance came from his final decades, being the image of WWII veterans to us generations born after the war. Ehrnrooth was very patriotic and even anti-Russian, but at same time moderate in political and social issues and pro-Europe.


Arvo Henrik Ylppö (27 October 1887 – 28 January 1992)

Arvo Ylppö was pediatrician who is credited with finding methods to decrease infant mortality. He also significantly worked to improve public healthcare aimed for children.
On personal note (without going too much into detail), it is very possible that without him I would not exist.

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