Mika Waltari

1908 - 1979

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Mika Toimi Waltari (pronounced [ˈmikɑ ˈʋɑltɑri] ; 19 September 1908 – 26 August 1979) was a Finnish writer, best known for his best-selling novel The Egyptian (Finnish: Sinuhe egyptiläinen). He was extremely productive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mika Waltari has received more than 285,380 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Mika Waltari is the 385th most popular writer (up from 439th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Finland (up from 10th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Finnish Writer.

Mika Waltari is most famous for his novels, The Egyptian and The Etruscan.

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  • 47

    Languages Editions (L)

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Notable Works

Sinuhe egyptiläinen
Valtakunnan salaisuus
Turms der Unsterbliche
Les Amants de Byzance
The Etruscan


Among writers, Mika Waltari ranks 385 out of 7,302Before him are Georges Bataille, Sergei Yesenin, Jean Genet, Cornelius Nepos, Elena Ferrante, and Frans Eemil Sillanpää. After him are Einhard, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Gregory of Tours, Attar of Nishapur, Alice Munro, and Aulus Cornelius Celsus.

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Among people born in 1908, Mika Waltari ranks 21Before him are John Bardeen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Geli Raubal, Simon Wiesenthal, Ian Fleming, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. After him are Anna Magnani, David Oistrakh, Nelson Rockefeller, Hannes Alfvén, Joseph McCarthy, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Among people deceased in 1979, Mika Waltari ranks 12Before him are Herbert Marcuse, Nino Rota, Jean Renoir, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Jean Monnet, and Sándor Kocsis. After him are Dennis Gabor, Ludvík Svoboda, Jean Seberg, Mustafa Barzani, Nelson Rockefeller, and Sonia Delaunay.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Mika Waltari ranks 9 out of 751Before him are Simo Häyhä (1905), Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim (1867), Tove Jansson (1914), Sauli Niinistö (1948), Paavo Nurmi (1897), and Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888). After him are Aki Kaurismäki (1957), Tarja Halonen (1943), Urho Kekkonen (1900), Juho Kusti Paasikivi (1870), Lars Ahlfors (1907), and Helene Schjerfbeck (1862).

Among WRITERS In Finland

Among writers born in Finland, Mika Waltari ranks 3Before him are Tove Jansson (1914), and Frans Eemil Sillanpää (1888). After him are Mikael Agricola (1510), Arto Paasilinna (1942), Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804), Aleksis Kivi (1834), Zachris Topelius (1818), Eino Leino (1878), Väinö Linna (1920), Juhani Aho (1861), and Minna Canth (1844).