Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (born 23 June is a Finnish politician, the tenth President of Finland Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.
Olli Jokinen is a Finnish professional ice hockey player currently playing for the #Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also represented #Calgary Flames, Los Angeles #Kings, New York #Islanders, Florida #Panthers, Phoenix #Coyotes and New York #Rangers. Olli #Jokinen began his professional career with #KalPa in Kuopio, Finland. He was born in Kuopio.
Hannes Kolehmainen (1889–1966) was a Finnish long-distance runner, born in Kuopio. He is considered to be the 1st of a generation of great Finnish long distance runners, often named the "Flying Finns". His brothers Willy and Tatu, also an Olympian, were also strong long distance runners. Hannes #Kolehmainen took three gold medals and one silver from 1912 Stockholm #Olympics. At the first post-war Olympics, 1920 in Antwerp, he ran gold in the Marathon. He found a worthy successor in Paavo…
Aarno Ruusuvuori (1925–1992) was a Finnish architect, professor and director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture. He was born in Kuopio. Known for his modernist/brutalist works, #Ruusuvuori designed several churches, of which the most famous one is in Hyvinkää. Also Espoo's WeeGee-house (formerly a printing office), which serves as the largest exhibition centre in Finland, is of his design. In the 1960s Ruusuvuori designed a pre-fab sauna for #Marimekko, but those remained a curiosity.
Aulis Rytkönen January 1929 – 16 April was a Finnish footballer. He became the country's first professional player when he signed for France's Toulouse FC in In total Rytkönen spent eight seasons in France, winning the French Cup in
Karita Tykkä (née Tuomola) is a Finnish tv-host, actress and model. She won the Miss Finland beauty pageant in 1997 and the Miss Baltic Sea pageant in 1998. Karita Tykkä was born in Kuopio. She is considered one of the most successful pageants ever in turning their Miss Finland title into a full-fledged modeling career.
Sami Kapanen is a Finnish professional ice hockey right winger. He has played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Hartford #Whalers, Carolina #Hurricanes and Philadelphia #Flyers. Sami #Kapanen is the majority owner and general manager of Kuopio, Finland based team #KalPa. It was also where he started his professional career. Kapanen lives in Kuopio.
Spede Pasanen (1930–2001) was a Finnish film director, comedian, inventor and tv-personality. He was involved in 50 movies and countless tv-productions. Spede Pasanen was born in Kuopio and is considered emblematic of Savonian humor with a slick ironic patter varying between the fullest extremes of understatement and hyperbole. As he himself explained: "A Savonian never tells a thing exactly like it is." #Spede still enjoys great popularity; he even has a widely known internet meme of his…
Kimmo Timonen is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman and an alternate captain for the Philadelphia of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also represented Nashville was born in Kuopio and owns a major share of his hometown club