Today in the History of Finland

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 118

  • 1156-01-20 According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of Lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland
  • 1245-02-21 Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, is granted resignation after having confessed to torture and forgery.
  • 1605-08-08 The city of Oulu, Finland, is founded by Charles IX of Sweden.
  • 1771-10-09 The Dutch merchant ship Vrouw Maria sinks near the coast of Finland.
  • 1808-05-03 Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia.
  • 1808-09-13 Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.
  • 1809-03-29 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden abdicates after a coup d'état. At the Diet of Porvoo, Finland's four Estates pledge allegiance to Alexander I of Russia, commencing the secession of the Grand Duchy of Finland from Sweden.
  • 1809-09-17 Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.
  • 1835-02-28 Dr Elias L"nnrot publishes Finnish poem "Kalevala"
  • 1848-05-13 First performance of Finland's national anthem.
  • 1854-05-05 English pirate Plumridge robs along pro-English Finnish coast
  • 1857-09-23 Russian warship Leffort disappears in a storm in the Gulf of Finland; 826 die
  • 1900-02-14 Russia responds to international pressure to free Finland by tightening imperial control over the country.
  • 1900-06-26 The Russian Tsar orders that Russian must be the official language of Finland, despite growing unrest within Finland and increasing international concern over Russia's behavior there
  • 1900-07-02 Sibelius' "Finlandia" premieres in Helsinki
  • 1904-06-16 Eugen Schauman assassinates Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.
  • 1906-03-07 Finnish Senate accepts universal suffrage, except for poor
  • 1906-09-16 Kaarlo Nieminen wins 1st Finnish marathon
  • 1907-03-15 Finland is 1st European country to give women the right to vote
  • 1907-05-23 The single chamber Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1909-02-23 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

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1917-04-16 [OS Apr 3] Lenin arrives back from exile in Russia at Finland Station, Petrograd to join the Russian Revolution

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1917-12-06 Taking advantage of the temporary relaxation of authority in Russia, Finland declares itself a republic, following the Ukraine on 20 November
  • 1917-12-18 Soviet regiment (Stalin/Lenin) declares Finland Independent
  • 1918-01-01 Last day of the Julian calendar in Finland
  • 1918-01-12 Finland's "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens.
  • 1918-01-14 Finland & USSR adopt New Style (Gregorian) calendar
  • 1918-01-19 Finnish Civil War: The first serious battles between the Red Guards and the White Guard.
  • 1918-01-27 The first hostilities occurred in the Finnish Civil War.
  • 1918-01-28 Finnish Civil War: Rebels seized control of the capital, Helsinki, and members of the Senate of Finland go underground.
  • 1918-02-10 In Finland, General Carl G. Von Mannerheim gathers an army known as the 'White Guard' to mount a counter revolution against the Bolshevik 'Red Guard'
  • 1918-02-22 Germany claims Baltic states, Finland & Ukraine from Russia
  • 1918-03-07 World War I: Finland forms an alliance with Germany.
  • 1918-05-15 The Finnish Civil War ends.
  • 1918-12-16 German troops evacuate Finland, give over Kiev in the Ukraine to revolutionary forces and pull back from Estonia as Bolshevik forces move in
  • 1919-06-06 Finland declares war on bolsheviks
  • 1919-07-17 Finland adopts constitution
  • 1920-10-14 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
  • 1931-02-16 Extreme right wing Pehr Evind Svinhufvud becomes president of Finland
  • 1932-01-21 USSR & Finland stop non-attack treaty
  • 1932-02-29 Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland
  • 1938-07-20 Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
  • 1938-09-03 1940 Olympic site changed from Tokyo Japan to Helsinki Finland
  • 1939-11-04 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
  • 1939-11-26 4 soviet soldiers killed on Finnish-Russian border
  • 1939-11-28 Soviet government revokes Russian-Finnish non-aggression treaty
  • 1939-11-29 USSR drops diplomatic relations with Finland
  • 1939-11-30 USSR invades Finland, bombs Helsinki
  • 1939-12-14 Soviet Union attacks Finland-League of Nations drops Soviet Union
  • 1939-12-18 Finnish army recaptures Agläjärvi
  • 1939-12-19 Russian air & ground attack against Finnish positions near Summa
  • 1939-12-22 Finnish counter offensive at Petsamo
  • 1939-12-23 Finnish counter offensive at Summa
  • 1940-01-05 Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • 1940-01-12 World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • 1940-02-01 Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • 1940-02-22 Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • 1940-02-29 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
  • 1940-03-02 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
  • 1940-03-12 Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • 1940-03-13 Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • 1940-03-31 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)
  • 1941-06-22 Finland invades Karelia
  • 1941-06-25 Finland declares war on Soviet Union
  • 1941-06-26 Finland enters WW II against Russia
  • 1941-11-25 Finland joined the Anti-Komintern Pact.
  • 1944-09-04 Finland breaks diplomatic contact with Nazi Germany
  • 1944-09-19 Armistice between Finland and Soviet Union is signed. (End of the Continuation War).
  • 1945-03-04 Finland declares war on nazi-Germany
  • 1947-02-10 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
  • 1950-02-01 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • 1952-07-19 15th modern Olympic games opens in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1952-08-03 15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland
  • 1954-04-19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • 1956-01-26 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • 1956-02-15 Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
  • 1956-04-19 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
  • 1956-07-16 Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes part of Russian SFSR
  • 1958-12-04 Finnish government of Fagerholm resigns
  • 1959-04-20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
  • 1960-04-19 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • 1961-04-19 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
  • 1961-07-14 Finland's Miettunen government forms
  • 1962-04-19 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48
  • 1969-11-17 SALT-discussions open in Helsinki Finland
  • 1972-04-17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • 1980-02-24 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • 1982-01-26 Mauno Koivisto elected president of Finland
  • 1982-01-27 Mauno Koivisto installed as president of Finland
  • 1982-07-31 Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria & France form American European Football Federation (AEFF)
  • 1983-03-11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki Finland won by Torvill & Dean (GRB)
  • 1983-08-07 Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 1983-08-07 1st World Championships in Athletics open at Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983-08-14 1st World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-11-19 Jari Kurri becomes the first (and only) Finnish player to score five goals in a game

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 1985-03-17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • 1987-09-02 Trial begins in Moscow for West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Finland to Moscow, USSR
  • 1991-05-06 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • 1991-06-02 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 286

  • 1526-11-01 Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, queen of Sweden and duchess of Finland (d. 1583)
  • 1694-10-26 Johan Helmich Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist
  • 1760-06-05 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium)
  • 1803-05-24 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist (d. 1866)
  • 1804-02-05 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • 1806-05-12 J V Snellman, Finland, journalist/statesman/nationalist
  • 1807-04-01 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic
  • 1811-03-03 Vissarion Belinsky, Sveaborg Finland, Russian author (Literary Review)
  • 1818-01-14 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish historical novelist (Surgeon's Stories)
  • 1826-08-07 Carl AE Ahlqvist, [A Oksanen], Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi)
  • 1828-01-03 Karl Collan, Finnish composer
  • 1834-10-10 Aleksis Kivi, [Stenvall], Finland, writer/poet (Nummisuutarit)
  • 1844-03-19 Minna Canth, Finland, playwright (The Pastor's Family) and social activist
  • 1846-11-10 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist/composer
  • 1864-03-18 Karl M Lybeck, Finnish/Swedish language poet (Samlade Arbeten)
  • 1865-01-28 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first president of Finland (d. 1952)
  • 1865-12-08 Jean Sibelius, Tavastehus Finland, composer (Valse Triste, Finlandia)
  • 1866-06-04 Miina Sillanpää, Finnish politician (d. 1952)
  • 1867-06-04 Carl Gustaf baron Mannerheim, general/president of Finland (1944-46)
  • 1867-12-05 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist (d. February 2, 1925)
  • 1869-08-14 Edvard Armas Jornefelt, Vyborg Finland, composer (Berceuse)
  • 1870-11-27 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, president Finland
  • 1872-04-22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, queen of Finland (d. 1954)
  • 1873-08-20 Eliel Saarinen, Finland, architect (GM Tech Institute, Mich)
  • 1873-10-22 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (d. 1950)
  • 1874-12-12 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Alastalon salissa)
  • 1878-02-16 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer/conductor (Peter Schlemihl)
  • 1878-07-06 Eino Leino, Finnish poet (d. 1926)
  • 1878-08-02 Aino J M Kallas, Finnish writer (White Ship, Estonian Tales)
  • 1880-03-23 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (d. 1922)
  • 1881-03-12 Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
  • 1881-10-05 Otto V Kuusinen, Fin/Rus communist pres of Karelo-Finnish SR (1940-56)
  • 1883-05-31 Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)
  • 1888-10-26 E Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Segrande Eros)
  • 1888-12-15 Artturi A Leinonen, Finnish journalist/writer (Kati)/politician
  • 1889-02-03 Risto Ryti, Finnish premier/president
  • 1889-12-09 John P "Hannes" Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1890-02-18 Lauri SA Haarla, Finnish (stage)writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja)
  • 1890-08-09 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist/philosopher
  • 1891-06-18 Hans Ruin, Finnish Swedish-language historian
  • 1893-04-05 Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)
  • 1893-06-29 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (12-tones music)
  • 1895-01-15 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
  • 1896-01-20 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1897-06-13 Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finnish middle and long distance runner (Olympic-gold-1920/24/28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1898-02-03 Alvar Aalto, Finland, architect (Finlandia House)
  • 1898-09-30 Felix Kersten, Baltic-German/Finnish masseuse (Heinrich Himmler)
  • 1899-01-28 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • 1900-09-03 Urho K Kekkonen, premier/president Finland (1956-81)
  • 1900-10-30 Ragnar Granit Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1901-03-29 Frans U Kailas, Finnish poet
  • 1902-05-11 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Unen Kaivo)
  • 1902-09-10 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Wegwerkers)
  • 1902-09-21 Limari Salminen, Finland, 10K run (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1904-02-14 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist
  • 1904-09-06 Karlo Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross)
  • 1905-12-17 Simo Häyhä, Finnish sniper (d. 2002)
  • 1907-09-28 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1908-02-13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1909-02-18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1909-10-07 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • 1910-08-20 Eero Saarinen, Finnish/US architect (IBM Building, MIT Chapel)
  • 1912-01-03 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish director (d. 2005)
  • 1914-08-09 Tove Jansson, Finnish author (Moomins) (d. 2001)
  • 1914-11-12 Sylvi Saimo, Finland, 500m kayak (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1915-03-08 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (d. 1979)
  • 1917-05-16 George Gaynes, actor (Tootsie, Police Academy), born in Helsinki Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1917-12-27 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer
  • 1919-11-11 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (d. 2000)
  • 1920-05-08 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, born in Helsinki (d. 1991)
  • 1920-05-17 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1921-12-11 Maila Nurmi, Petsamo Finland, actress (Vampira)
  • 1923-08-09 Hillevi Lagerstam, Kurikka, Finnish actress
  • 1923-11-25 Mauno Koivisto, president of Finland (1982-94)
  • 1924-12-14 Siiri Rantanen, Finland, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1925-01-04 Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, 30K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1956)
  • 1926-12-06 Martti Katajisto, Parkano Finland, actor (Mar Oksalla Ylimmaellae)
  • 1928-10-09 Einojuhani Rautavaara, Helsinki Finland, composer (Kaivos)
  • 1929-04-14 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor (works of Sibelius)
  • 1929-09-10 Pentti Siimes, [Pentti Kalevi Siimes], Helsinki Finland
  • 1930-03-09 Taina Elg, Helsinki Finland, actress (Hercules in NY, Les Girls)
  • 1930-04-10 Spede Pasanen, Finnish comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1931-01-25 Paavo J Haavikko, finnish writer/poet/husband of Marja-Liisa Vartio
  • 1933-02-05 Jorn Donner, Helsinki Finland, director (Anna, Tenderness)
  • 1934-07-15 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1934-08-20 Armi Kuusela, Finnish beauty queen
  • 1935-02-04 Martti Talvela, Hiitola Karelia Finland, operatic basso
  • 1936-03-09 [Aino] Elina Salo, Sipoo Finland, actress (Hamlet Goes Business)
  • 1936-06-14 Irmelin Sandman Lilius, Finnish actor
  • 1937-06-23 Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland
  • 1938-11-23 Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor
  • 1940-03-12 M.A. Numminen, Finnish singer and writer
  • 1941-04-23 Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
  • 1943-03-23 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (d. 2001)
  • 1943-12-24 Tarja Halonen, President of Finland
  • 1945-01-04 Vesa-Matti Loiri, Finnish entertainer
  • 1945-07-07 Matti Salminen, Turku Finland, bass player (King Philipp-Don Carlos)
  • 1945-08-17 Katri Helena, Finnish singer
  • 1945-12-07 Marion Rung, Finnish singer
  • 1945-12-09 Matti Mäntylä, Finnish actor

Famous Deaths

  • 1156-01-20 Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland
  • 1557-04-09 Michael Agricola, Finnish theologist/church reformer/bishop, dies
  • 1758-10-19 Johan H Roman, Finnish/Swedish composer/conductor/violinist, dies
  • 1758-11-20 Johan Helmich Roman, Finnish composer/violist, dies at 64
  • 1779-11-16 Pehr Kalm, Finnish explorer and naturalist (b. 1716)
  • 1852-08-15 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), dies at 92
  • 1866-06-25 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist (b. 1803)
  • 1871-09-12 Karl Collan, Finnish composer, dies at 43
  • 1872-12-31 Aleksis Kivi, [Stenvall], Finnish writer/poet (Kanervala), dies at 38
  • 1877-05-06 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • 1881-02-07 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73
  • 1881-07-04 Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish statesman (b. 1806)
  • 1897-05-12 Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown, Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • 1898-03-12 Zacharias Topelius, Finnish-Swedish writer (b. 1818)
  • 1899-11-20 Carl A E Ahlqvist, [A Oksanen], Finnish translator, dies at 63
  • 1901-08-12 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer (b. 1832)
  • 1904-05-16 N I Bobrikov, Russian governor-general in Finland, dies
  • 1906-03-22 Martin Wegelius, Finnish musicologist/composer, dies at 59
  • 1922-02-14 Heikki Ritavuori, Finnish politician (assassinated) (b. 1880)
  • 1925-02-02 Antti Aarne, Finnish sociologist, dies at 57
  • 1925-09-29 E Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Galgmannen), dies at 36
  • 1931-03-07 Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter/illustrator, dies at 65
  • 1939-06-13 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • 1940-01-25 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • 1941-11-05 Arndt Pekurinen, Finnish pacifist (b. 1905)
  • 1944-02-29 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)
  • 1944-05-28 Katri Vala, Finnish poet, dies at 42
  • 1944-10-24 Lauri S A Haarla, Finnish writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja), dies at 54
  • 1945-11-16 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Kohtalon Vaaka), dies at 43
  • 1948-07-18 Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • 1950-11-25 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
  • 1951-01-28 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, president of Finland (b.1867)
  • 1951-12-13 Selim Palmgren, Finnish pianist/composer (Daniel Hjort), dies at 73
  • 1952-09-22 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first President of Finland (b. 1865)
  • 1952-11-23 Aaro A Hellaakoski, Finnish geographer/poet, dies at 59
  • 1956-10-25 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67
  • 1956-12-14 Juho Kusti Paasikivi, president of Finland (b. 1870)
  • 1957-05-30 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Black Ecstacy), dies
  • 1957-09-20 Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Fin composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • 1958-09-29 Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer, dies at 65
  • 1961-09-01 Eero Saarinen, Finnish/US architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • 1961-09-23 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • 1964-05-17 Otto V Kuusinen, pres of Karelo-Finnish soviet rep (1940-56), dies 82
  • 1964-06-03 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • 1966-01-11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • 1969-06-23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • 1972-06-12 Edmund Wilson, US writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • 1973-04-28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (b. 1893)
  • 1973-05-20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • 1973-11-11 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish Chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • 1974-03-19 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist/daughter of Otto K, dies at 70
  • 1976-05-11 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • 1977-12-16 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
  • 1979-08-26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • 1979-09-25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1980-05-28 Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • 1982-04-26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic-gold-1924, 28), dies
  • 1986-05-02 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b.1956)
  • 1986-08-31 Urho K Kekkonen, premier/president of Finland, dies at 85
  • 1989-07-22 Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
  • 1990-06-26 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (b. 1909)
  • 1991-03-12 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1991-11-07 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, dies at 71
  • 1995-04-06 Vieno J Sukselainen, PM of Finland (1959-61), dies
  • 1996-10-11 Lars Ahlfors, Finnish mathematician (b. 1907)
  • 2000-11-20 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2001-06-27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author (b. 1914)
  • 2001-09-07 Spede Pasanen, Finnish television personality (b. 1930)
  • 2001-11-26 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Finnish writer (b. 1943)
  • 2002-01-02 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • 2002-04-01 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • 2003-06-16 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • 2003-08-15 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • 2004-01-16 Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • 2004-02-26 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • 2004-12-26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • 2005-01-10 Kalevi Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (b. 1932)
  • 2005-03-20 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • 2005-10-15 Matti Wuori, Finnish politician (b. 1945)
  • 2005-11-15 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • 2006-11-24 Juice Leskinen, Finnish rock singer (b. 1950)
  • 2007-01-02 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor and World War II researcher (b. 1924)
  • 2007-01-31 Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)
  • 2007-12-31 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2008-01-10 Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2009-02-19 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • 2009-07-01 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • 2010-01-08 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2010-03-11 Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Finnish human geneticist (b. 1952)
  • 2011-08-13 Topi Sorsakoski, Finnish musician (b. 1952)
  • 2012-01-25 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • 2013-03-14 Mirja Hietamies, Finnish skier, dies at 82