List of Famous people born in Uusimaa, Finland

Sanna Marin

Sanna Mirella Marin
First Name Sanna
Last Name Marin
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

Sanna Mirella Marin is a Finnish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Finland since 10 December 2019. A member of the Social Democratic Party, she has been a member of the Parliament of Finland since 2015, and served as the Minister of Transport and Communications from 6 June to 10 December 2019. After Antti Rinne's resignation in the wake of the 2019 postal strike, Marin was selected as prime minister on 8 December 2019. At 35, she is the world's fourth-youngest serving state leader, the youngest female state leader, and Finland's youngest-ever prime minister.

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Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen
First Name Kimi
Last Name Räikkönen
Born on October 17, 1979 (age 44)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed "The Iceman", is a Finnish racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Alfa Romeo Racing, racing under the Finnish flag. Räikkönen won the 2007 Formula One World Championship driving for Scuderia Ferrari. In addition to this title, he also finished second overall in 2003 and 2005, and third in 2008, 2012 and 2018. With 103 podium finishes, he is one of only five drivers to have taken over 100 podiums. Räikkönen has won 21 Grands Prix, making him the most successful Finnish driver in terms of Formula One race wins, and is the only driver to win in the V10, V8 and the V6 turbo hybrid engine eras. After nine seasons racing in Formula One he left the sport to compete in the World Rally Championship in 2010 and 2011, returning to Formula One from 2012 onward. He is known for his reserved personality and reluctance to participate in PR events. At the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, he broke the record for most starts in Formula One.

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Mika Häkkinen

Mika Pauli Häkkinen
First Name Mika
Last Name Häkkinen
Born on September 28, 1968 (age 55)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa
Height 179 cm | 5'10

Mika Pauli Häkkinen, nicknamed "The Flying Finn", is a Finnish former racing driver. He was the 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion, driving for McLaren. Häkkinen is one of three Formula One drivers from Finland to win the World Championship, and is the only Finnish driver in history to win it on multiple occasions. Häkkinen currently works in driver management and is a brand ambassador for various companies.

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Eero Saarinen

First Name Eero
Died on September 1, 1961
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

Eero Saarinen was a Finnish-American architect and industrial designer noted for his wide-ranging array of designs for buildings and monuments. Saarinen is best known for designing the Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., the TWA Flight Center in New York City, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of noted Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.

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Peter Nygård

Pekka Juhani Nygård
First Name Peter
Last Name Nygård
Born on July 24, 1941 (age 82)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

Peter J. Nygård is a Finnish-Canadian former fashion executive. He founded Nygård International, a company that made women's apparel, in 1967. He resigned as chairman in February 2020 after FBI raided company headquarters in its investigation of sex trafficking accusations against him by multiple women. Nygård was arrested on sex trafficking and racketeering charges in December of the same year.

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Alexi Laiho

Markku Uula Aleksi Laiho
First Name Alexi
Last Name Laiho
Born on April 8, 1979
Died on December 29, 2020 (aged 41)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

Alexi Laiho was a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He was best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and was also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band, Kylähullut, and Bodom After Midnight, which formed just prior to his death. Laiho had previously played with Thy Serpent and Impaled Nazarene on occasion, as well as Warmen and Hypocrisy.

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Samu Haber

Samu Aleksi Haber
First Name Samu
Born on April 2, 1976 (age 48)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

Samu Aleksi Haber is a Finnish singer, songwriter, television music competition judge, entrepreneur, and is the lead vocalist and frontman of pop-rock band Sunrise Avenue.

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Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia

First Name Grand
Last Name Russia
Born on August 30, 1917
Died on April 21, 1992 (aged 74)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

Vladimir Kirillovich, Grand Duke of Russia was the Head of the Imperial Family of Russia, a position which he claimed from 1938 to his death.

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Joonas Suotamo

First Name Joonas
Born on October 3, 1986 (age 37)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa
Height 211 cm | 6'11

Joonas Viljami Suotamo is a Finnish actor and former professional basketball player. He is best known for his role as Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, taking over the role from Peter Mayhew, first as a body double, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and later as the lead in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).

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George Gaynes

George Jongejans
First Name George
Last Name Gaynes
Died on February 15, 2016 (aged 46)
Born in Finland, Uusimaa

George Gaynes was a Finnish-born American singer, actor and voice artist. Born to Dutch and Russian-Finnish parents in the Grand Duchy of Finland of the Russian Empire, he served in the Royal Netherlands Navy during World War II and subsequently emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen and began his acting career on Broadway.

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