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Martti Ahtisaari is a former #President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, UN diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work. During the WW2 #Ahtisaari and his mother moved to Kuopio to escape immediate danger. It was where he spent most of his childhood, and attended high school. Ahtisaari's locale was the Kuopio garrison, where his father worked as a #NCO. In Kuopio Martti met his wife Eeva, who came to study there. Martti Ahtisaari has a school named after him in…

Martti Ahtisaari is a former #President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, UN diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work. During the WW2 #Ahtisaari and his mother moved to Kuopio to escape immediate danger. It was where he spent most of his childhood, and attended high school. Ahtisaari's locale was the Kuopio garrison, where his father worked as a #NCO. In Kuopio Martti met his wife Eeva, who came to study there. Martti Ahtisaari has a school named after him in…

Jenni #Vartiainen a Finnish pop singer born in Kuopio is – after only two albums – already among the 70 best-selling recording artists of all time in the country.

Jenni #Vartiainen a Finnish pop singer born in Kuopio is – after only two albums – already among the 70 best-selling recording artists of all time in the country.

Erja Lyytinen is a Finnish blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Dubbed the blues queen of Finland, she was born and educated in Kuopio. Erja #Lyytinen is especially appreciated for her abilities on the slide guitar. She was the first woman to major in electric guitar at the #Sibelius Academy. In 2010 she left the university with a Master of Music degree. Lyytinen has had considerable main stream media coverage. She has released several albums and has been touring Europe for quite some…

Erja Lyytinen is a Finnish blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Dubbed the blues queen of Finland, she was born and educated in Kuopio. Erja #Lyytinen is especially appreciated for her abilities on the slide guitar. She was the first woman to major in electric guitar at the #Sibelius Academy. In 2010 she left the university with a Master of Music degree. Lyytinen has had considerable main stream media coverage. She has released several albums and has been touring Europe for quite some…

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.

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…

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…

Marco Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist and bassist of #Nightwish and Tarot. #Hietala moved to Kuopio at the age of 15 to study in Kuopio Senior High of Music and Dance (like Tarja #Turunen at 18 to study in Sibelius Academy at Kuopio). Marco and his family currently live on the waterfront at #Saaristokaupunki.

Marco Hietala is a Finnish heavy metal vocalist and bassist of #Nightwish and Tarot. #Hietala moved to Kuopio at the age of 15 to study in Kuopio Senior High of Music and Dance (like Tarja #Turunen at 18 to study in Sibelius Academy at Kuopio). Marco and his family currently live on the waterfront at #Saaristokaupunki.

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.

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.

Matti Hautamäki is a former Finnish ski jumper. He moved to Kuopio soon after his older brother Jussi, at the age of 16. Matti Hautamäki has three silver and one bronze medal from Olympic games plus several silver and bronze medals from World championships. He ended his #skijumping career in 2010.

Matti Hautamäki is a former Finnish ski jumper. He moved to Kuopio soon after his older brother Jussi, at the age of 16. Matti Hautamäki has three silver and one bronze medal from Olympic games plus several silver and bronze medals from World championships. He ended his #skijumping career in 2010.

Aulis Rytkönen (b. 1929) is a Finnish football legend. He started his career with KuPS in Kuopio and became the country's first professional player when he signed for France's Toulouse FC in 1952. He won the French Cup (Coupe de France) in 1957. Rytkönen worked as Finnish national coach from 1975 to 1978. He was chosen Finland's Player of the Year in 1949, 1950, and 1952.

Aulis Rytkönen (b. 1929) is a Finnish football legend. He started his career with KuPS in Kuopio and became the country's first professional player when he signed for France's Toulouse FC in 1952. He won the French Cup (Coupe de France) in 1957. Rytkönen worked as Finnish national coach from 1975 to 1978. He was chosen Finland's Player of the Year in 1949, 1950, and 1952.

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.

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.


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