The characters of elä Suomi are various nations as depicted by their national personifications. The central character is Finland, as the comic is about her history and development from a small, primitive country on the hinterland of Europe to a small but highly-developed country on the European hinterland.

character_finlandThe Finnish Maiden
Finland

character_swedenMother Svea
Sweden

character_denmarkHolger Danske
Denmark
character_norwayOla Nordmann
Norway
character_germanyGermania
Germany
character_russiaRussian Bear
Russia
character_novgorod Novgorod
Novgorod
character_karelia Karelian Maiden
Karelia
character_sapmi Sami Claus
Sampi