Risto is a masculine given name, found in Finnish, Estonian and South Slavic. In South Slavic, it is a hypocorism derived from Hristofor or Hristivoje. It might refer to:


  • Risto Ahti (born 1943), writer and recipient of the Eino Leino Prize in 1994
  • Risto Alapuro (born 1944), sociologist
  • Risto Isomäki (born 1961), environmental activist and author of science fiction and nonfiction books
  • Risto Jalo (born 1962), retired professional ice hockey player
  • Risto Jarva (1934–1977), filmmaker
  • Risto Jussilainen (born 1975), ski jumper
  • Risto Kaskilahti (born 1963), actor
  • Risto Laakkonen (born 1967), ski jumper who competed from 1986 to 1993
  • Risto Mannisenmäki (born 1959), former rally co-driver, twice world champion with driver Tommi Mäkinen
  • Risto Mattila (born 1981), snowboarder
  • Risto Näätänen (born 1939), psychologist and neuroscientist, Professor in University of Helsinki 1975–1999
  • Risto Nuuros, orienteering competitor, silver medalist at the 1978 World Orienteering Championships in Kongsberg
  • Risto Orko (1899–2001), film producer and director
  • Risto Penttilä (born 1959), former member of the Finnish parliament, Director of the Finnish Business and Policy Forum
  • Risto Puustinen (born 1959), football manager and a former footballer
  • Risto Rasa (born 1954), poet
  • Risto Ryti (1889–1956), fifth President of Finland from 1940 to 1944
  • Risto Siilasmaa (born 1966), the Chairman, founder and former CEO of F-Secure Corporation (anti-virus and computer security software)
  • Risto Siltanen (born 1958), retired professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Risto Ulmala (born 1963), former long-distance runner




People from Estonia

Other nationalities

  • Risto Mejide (born 1975), Spanish publicist, author, music producer and songwriter, judge on the television show Operación Triunfo
  • Risto Savin, Slovenian composer

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