Revealed: Kimi Raikkonen retains Finnish celebrity crown despite retirement

Kimi Raikkonen was often a fan favourite across the globe for his hilarious behaviour and lack of words when giving interviews.

With Christmas just a few days away, it is typically a time to consider what random questions will be asked at the dinner table, with Christmas Cracker jokes usually tending to lead to some interesting conversations!

Well, here is a question that can be asked on Christmas Day this year for any fans of motorsport and or celebrity magazines; who is the most popular celebrity in Finland?

This very question has been answered by Finnish casino review site, who compiled a list of the top 10 most popular Finnish celebrities based on their global popularity.

To compile the list, the site accumulated Finnish celebrities Instagram followers, global search volumes, total Wikipedia page visits, and TikTok hashtags. 

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It is safe to say there was a clear winner, with three of the top four spots being taken by Finnish Formula 1 drivers.

It would perhaps come as no shock that 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen came out on top; however, he is closely followed by Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas, who is rapidly becoming a fan favourite.

Both are loved for their personalities and behaviour, with Raikkonen having often been hilarious for his short answers to questions and his sheer honesty.

Perhaps Raikkonen’s funniest moment was when he walked to his yacht immediately after retiring from the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, or when he admitted to “having a s***” whilst footballing legend, Pele was giving an award to Michael Schumacher at his final race before retiring.

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Bottas, on the other hand, has reached fame not through his words, but through his actions.

He’s had a tendency to show his rear-end to the world, quite literally!

The Finn revealed his rear both in the Netflix F1 docuseries ‘Drive to Survive’ and on social media, whilst he’s currently a talking point for getting a mullet for the winter break.

Finland’s current Prime Minister Sanna Marin was third on the list, followed by double World Champion Mika Hakkinen, who continues to be popular in the nation despite having retired fully from F1 mid-2002.

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Speaking about the list, the review site were pleased to see a “mixture of professions” feature in the top 10, with musicians and other sports persons having also featured.

“It is nice to see a mixture of professions on the list, but sports personalities seem to be the most popular celebrities to come from Finland,” a spokesperson from said.

“Finland has produced many successful Formula One drivers, and even those who have retired have more global popularity than other Finnish personalities. It will be interesting to see if any young Finnish drivers gain the same popularity in the future.”