In Lonnrotinkatu, the street named after him, is the monument to Elias Lonnrot. From old traditional short ballads and lyric poems he created the Finnish National epic, the Kalevala.
Elias Lonnrot was a physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. As well as this, he was a professor of Finnish language and literature at the University of Helsinki from 1853 – 1862. He promoted Finnish as a national language and paved the way for modern Finnish literature.