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Arvi Pohjanpää

Arvi Pohjanpää

Finnish gymnast, author and judge
Arvi Pohjanpää
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Intro Finnish gymnast, author and judge
A.K.A. Arvi Nordqvist, Sulo Arvi Pohjanpää, Sulo Arvi Nordqvist
Was Author Lawyer Judge Gymnast Athlete Artistic gymnast Writer
From Finland
Type Law Literature Sports
Gender male
Birth 10 July 1887, Helsinki, Finland
Death 21 December 1959, Helsinki, Finland (aged 72 years)
Star sign Cancer
Siblings: Lauri Pohjanpää
Children: Elina Pohjanpää
The details


Sulo Arvi Pohjanpää (10 July 1887 – 21 December 1959) was a Finnish Olympic gymnast, judge and writer.


Games Event Rank Notes
1908 Summer Olympics Men's team 3rd Source:

He won the Finnish national championship in team gymnastics as a member of Ylioppilasvoimistelijat in 1909.


He took his matriculation exam in Tampere real lycaeum in 1905. He graduated as a Master of Laws from the University of Helsinki in 1910. He received the title varatuomari in 1913.

Beginning in 1911, he worked various duties in the legal system. Eventually, he was a judge advocate general in the superior court martial in 1931–1952, and then a Judge of the Court of Appeal in the Helsinki Court of Appeal in 1952–1954.

He sentenced Martta Koskinen, the last woman executed in Finland, to death as chief justice of the case. He also was the chief justice in the case of Hella Wuolijoki and voted for death, although she received life imprisonment.


He first published work was a short story collection Tuntureilta in 1913. His debut as a playwright, Vala, was premiered by the Finnish National Theatre in 1918. His play Jumalan käskynhaltija was adapted into film Jumalan tuomio in 1939.

He was the secretary of the Union of Finnish Writers in 1919–1920.


He received the following honorary awards:

  • Commemorative Medal of the Liberation war
  • Commander of the White Rose of Finland, 1937
  • Commemorative Medal of the Winter War
  • Cross of Liberty, 3rd Class; 1940
  • Cross of Liberty, 2nd Class; 1945
  • Decoration for 40 years' faultless service, 1951


His parents were master tailor Kaarle Henrik Pohjanpää and Ida Vilhelmina Kourlaa. His first wife was Lempi Vilma Ranttila (1892–1947), married in 1922. They had children:

  1. Eila Helena Marjatta (1924–)
  2. Anja Meri Kristiina (1926–)
  3. Armi Elina Annikki (1933–1996), who married Pentti Siimes

His second wife was Aila Tellervo Heikinheimo (1919–), married in 1953.

He finnicized his familyname from Nordqvist to Pohjanpää in 1906.

Poet Lauri Pohjanpää was his brother.

Olympic diver Laura Kivelä was his granddaughter.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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