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    Maiju Raunio-Aaltonen (1872 - 1911)
    Nais- ja työväenliikkeen agitaattori ja Sosialidemokraattisen Puolueen kansanedustaja1906–1909. Ompelija. Oli nuorena Akseli Gallen-Kallelan mallina maalauksessa Tyttö Keuruun vanhassa kirkossa. GAL...
  • Gus Hall (1910 - 2000)
    Gus Hall (born Arvo Kustaa Halberg; October 8, 1910 – October 13, 2000) was a leader and chairman of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and its four-time U.S. presidential candidate. As a labor leader, Ha...
  • Arne Lauri Suominen (1900 - 1972)
    Dr Arne L. Suominen oli tunnettu amerikansuomalainen juoksija ja luonnonlääkäri. Hänet tunnettiin Yhdysvalloissa mm. tupakanvastustamisesta. Suominen hankki asialleen julkisuutta haastamalla ihmisiä pa...
  • Jenny Maria Vachon (1918 - 2009)
    Wikipedia (Finnish): YLE Elävä arkisto: THE GRAVE Jenny Vachon, known as "Jingo" Vachon, age 91, of Toivola, Mich. died Friday, June 19, 2009. The former Jenny Wittala (Jingo Wittala) was born in...
  • Prof. Emer. William Albert Aho
    Biography of professor William Albert Aho Frigg, M. (1976). Bio-Availability of Biotin in Cereals. Poultry Science, 55(6), 2310–2318. , Page 2318, "NEWS AND NOTES". With his parents and siblings in ...

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Finnish Americans comprise Americans 1) with ancestral roots from Finland or 2) Finnish people who emigrated to and reside in the United States. The Finnish American population numbers about 700,000.

Finns first began setting in the present United States in the mid-1600s as part of the settlement of New Sweden. The largest wave of Finnish immigration occurred in the late 19th century and continued until the mid 20th century.

The northernmost reaches of the Midwest, especially the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the northeastern counties of Minnesota, have the largest concentration of Finnish Americans today. The Upper Peninsula is the center of Finnish culture in the U.S. and is home to Finlandia University, the only active Finnish university in the country.

Notable Americans of some Finnish descent also include several film stars, such as actors Anna Easteden, Maila Nurmi, Jessica Lange, Matt Damon, and George Gaynes; and director David Lynch. Other notable individuals are Declaration of Independence signer John Morton, architect and designer Eero Saarinen, model Pamela Anderson, author Jean M. Auel, historian Max Dimont, politician Emil Hurja, labor activist T-Bone Slim, U.S. Communist Party leader Gus Hall (originally Arvo Kustaa Halberg), business tycoon Lars Kovala, mathematician Lars Ahlfors, musicians Jaco Pastorius and Einar Aaron Swan, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Mark Hoppus, computer scientists Linus Torvalds and Alfred Aho, former Google executive and CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer, co-founder of Apple Mike Markkula, astronaut Timothy L. Kopra, special forces officer Larry Thorne, ice hockey player Matt Niskanen and serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Porn actress Puma Swede is of Finnish descent although she was born in Sweden.