Hietaniemi cemetery
The Hietaniemi cemetery (in Swedish language Sandudds begravningsplats) is located in the Töölö district of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It is the location for Finnish state funeral services. The cemetery includes a large military cemetery section for soldiers from the capital fallen in the wars against the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany: in the Winter War (1939”“1940), the Continuation War (1941”“1944) and the Lapland War (1944”“1945). In the centre of the military cemetery are the tombs of the unknown soldier and Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim. Other notable sections of the cemetery are the cemetery of the Finnish Guard, the Artist's Hill and the Statesman's Grove. Hietaniemi means "sand spit" and is a headland located centrally in Helsinki. The cemetery is partly located at a promontory, and partly directly adjacent to the Hietaniemi Beach. Nightly parties, flirting, petting, and more, are recurrent concerns in letters to the editor alarmed by alleged dishonourable conduct at the gravestones. Because of its obvious association with death, the cemetery sometimes also attracts fans of goth or heavy metal culture. The cemetery is a popular tourist attraction, especially amongst Finns visiting the graves of relatives fallen in wars or the graves of the many famous Finns buried there. Four other cemeteries are also located at the greater cemetery distrcit of Hietaniemi, they are: the Helsinki Jewish cemetery, the Helsinki Islamic cemetery, the Helsinki Orthodox cemetery and the cemetery of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Parish.

Famous people laid to rest in the Hietaniemi Cemetery

Presidents of Finland
  • Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg
  • Lauri Kristian Relander
  • Risto Heikki Ryti
  • Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
  • Juho Kusti Paasikivi
  • Urho Kaleva Kekkonen


Artists
  • Alvar Aalto, academic, architect
  • Aino Marsio-Aalto, architect, first wife od Alvar Aalto
  • Elissa Aalto, architect, second wife of Alvar Aallon
  • Erik Bergman, academic, composer
  • Mauri Favén, painter
  • Akseli Gallen-Kallela, painter
  • George de Godzinsky, conductor
  • Tauno Hannikainen, conductor
  • Eila Hiltunen, sculptor
  • Åke Lindman, actor, film director
  • Reko Lundán, playwriter,
  • Usko Meriläinen, composer, art critic
  • Selim Palmgren, composer
  • Pertti "Spede" Pasanen, show artist, film director, inventor
  • Martti Pokela, professor, kantele artist, folk music artist
  • Timo Sarpaneva, designer
  • J.S. Sirén, architect
  • Mika Waltari, academic, writer
  • Edward Vesala, Jazz musician, composer
  • Tapio Wirkkala, academic, designer


Other
  • Heikki Aaltoila, composer
  • Siiri Angerkoski, actress
  • Eero Antikainen, Labour Union politician
  • Aleksei Apostol, military conductor
  • Sinikka Arteva, TV reporter
  • Vivica Bandler, academic, theatre manager
  • Kim Borg, opera singer
  • Anni Collan, pedagogue, girl's scouting leader
  • Albert Edelfelt, painter
  • Adolf Ehrnrooth, general
  • Karl-August Fagerholm, politician, prime minister, speaker of the parliament
  • Karl Fazer, entrepreneur
  • Nils-Eric Fougstedt, conductor
  • Holger Fransman, professor, French horn artist,
  • Erik von Frenckell, mayor, member of International Olympic Committee, politician
  • Eelis Gulin, bishop
  • Saulo Haarla, actor
  • Antti Hackzell, provincial governor, prime minister
  • Ilpo Hakasalo, YLE radio reporter
  • Veikko Hursti, philanthropist,
  • Christer "Cisse" Häkkinen, Hurriganes band member
  • Jyrki Hämäläinen, editor,
  • Theodor Höijer, architect ,
  • Tove Jansson, author, illustrator
  • Martti Jukola, radio reporter
  • Eino Jurkka, actor, theatre director, theater manager
  • Emmi Jurkka, actress , theater manager
  • Jussi Jurkka, actor
  • Eero Järnefelt, professor, painter
  • Maj Inkeri Kajava,author, painter
  • Viljo Kajava, author
  • Kyösti Karhila, aviator
  • Ahti Karjalainen, politician, Head of the Bank of Finland
  • Heino Kaski, composer
  • Sylvi Kekkonen, spouse of president Urho Kekkonen, author
  • Uuno Klami, academic, composer
  • Rudolf Koivu, illustrator, painter
  • Birgit Kronström, actress,singer
  • Toivo Kuula, composer
  • Hertta Kuusinen, politician,
  • Toivo Kärki, composer
  • Kauko Käyhkö, singer,actor
  • Eino Leino, poet
  • Keijo Liinamaa, prime minister,state mediator
  • Curt Lincoln, race car driver
  • Edwin Linkomies, chancellor and head master of the university, prime minister
  • Leevi Madetoja, composer
  • Georg Malmsten, composer, conductor,
  • Eugen Malmsten, violin artist and composer
  • Ragni Malmsten-Karjalainen, singer
  • Sophie Mannerheim, nurse, daughter of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim
  • Erkki Melartin, composer
  • Oskar Merikanto, composer
  • Erkki Melakoski, composer
  • Nils Mustelin, professor
  • Anna Mutanen-Liedes, opera singer
  • Algot Niska, liqour smuggler
  • Assi Nortia,actress
  • Martti Parantainen, military conductor
  • Lauri Posti, academic, professor,
  • Armas J. Pulla, author,
  • Simo Puupponen, author, editor
  • Juha Rihtniemi, politician
  • Joel Rinne, actor
  • Eino Ripatti, solder
  • Heikki Ritavuori, minister of interior)
  • Artturi Rope, military conductor
  • Alpo Sailo, sculptor, painter
  • Eetu Salin, editor,politician , Labour Union leader
  • Ville-Veikko Salminen, actor
  • Ilmari Salomies, archbishop
  • Antti Satuli, ambassador
  • Hugo Simberg, painter
  • Jukka Sipilä, actor, director,
  • Harri Sirola, author
  • Helene Schjerfbeck, painter
  • J.V. Snellman, statesman
  • Urho Somersalmi, actor,
  • Aili Somersalmi, actress
  • Kalevi Sorsa, politician, prime minister
  • Arto Sotavalta, pop singer
  • Väinö Tanner, politician, prime minister
  • Niilo Tarvajärvi, radio and TV reporter
  • Penna Tervo, Master
  • Einari Teräsvirta, architect , sportsman
  • Clas Thunberg, ice skater, olympic winner
  • Esko Toivonen, show artist
  • Sakari Topelius, writer
  • Sakari Tuomioja, politician, diplomat
  • Algot Untola writer
  • Juha Vainio, singer
  • Rudolf Walden, general
  • Petri Walli, Kingston Wall band singer, guitarist,
  • Voitto Viro, vicar
  • Arvo Ylppö, pediatrician
  • Yrjö Sakari Yrjö-Koskinen, senator,
  • Juha Yrjänä Virkkunen, cultural reporter


Famous foreigners
  • Anna Vyrubova, lady-in-waiting, Russian
  • Artur Sirk, politician, Estonian
  • Fredrik Pacius, composer, German
  • Carl Ludvig Engel, architect, German
  • George de Godzinsky, composer, Russian