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Photograph of the pillar on which the Snellman bust had been placed and a rollover image to a historical photograph of the bust.

Johan Vilhelm Snellman: (1806-1881) Finnish philosopher and statesman

Johan Vilhelm Snellman was born May 12, 1806 in Stockholm Sweden.  He was an important figure in the movement to establish Finnish as a National language.

Snellman was a professor at the University of Helsinki. In 1863 he was asked to serve as a senator, a cabinet post in the Grand duchy of Finland. In 1865, the Markka was introduced as the currency in Finland. Snellman played an important role in introducing the Markka as the currency of Finland; today a statue of Snellman stands before the Bank of Finland.

In 1842 Johan Snellman published his foremost work "Läran om staten" (Study of the State).

Johan Vilhelm Snellman died on July 4, 1881 in Kirkkonummi Finland.


Snellman bust

Helsinki City Art Museum, Sculpture of Johan Vilhelm Snellman

Further Reading:

Snellman Home Museum

Johan Snellman Homepage