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Gödik Fincke
Born c. 1546
Died 1617 (70–71 years)
Place of birth Lammi, Kingdom of Sweden (now Finland)
Place of death Ulvila, Swedish Empire (now Finland)
Allegiance Sweden Sweden
Rank Stadtholder
Battles/wars Livonian War
Cudgel War
War against Sigismund

Gödik Gustafsson Fincke (c. 1546–1617) was a Finnish-born member of the Swedish nobility and military officer who served as the stadtholder of Olavinlinna Castle.


During the Livonian War he served in the Swedish military and was severely wounded 1573 in a battle by the Koluvere Castle in Estonia. Fincke was then transferred to administrative duties. In 1582 he was named as the stadtholder of the Olavinlinna Castle in Savonia. In 1596–1597 Fincke took part in suppressing the revolting Finnish peasants in the Cudgel War. In the 1598–1599 War against Sigismund, Olavinlinna became the last stronghold of Sigismund's supporters as his brother Sten Fincke fled to the castle. Olavinlinna soon surrendered to the troops of Charles IX without any resistance, Sten was executed in the Åbo bloodbath and Gödik expelled of his post.[1][2]

Fincke spent his last years in Ulvila, Satakunta where he died in 1617. Fincke and his spouse Elisabeth Boije are buried to the St. Olaf's Church in Ulvila.[2]


  1. Ramsay, Jully. "Frälsesläkter i Finland intill stora ofreden" (in sv). Project Runeberg. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anthoni, Eric. "Gödik Fincke" (in sv). The Dictionary of Swedish National Biography. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 

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