Jonas Jonasson

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Jonas Jonasson
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Jonas Jonasson
Born Per Ola Jonasson
(1961-07-06) 6 July 1961 (age 55)
Växjö, Sweden
Occupation Journalist, writer
Nationality Swedish
Notable works The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Pär-Ola Jonas Jonasson (born Per Ola Jonasson; 6 July 1961)[1] is a Swedish journalist and writer, best known as the author of the best-seller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.[2]

Personal life[edit]

The son of an ambulance driver and a nurse, Jonasson was born and raised in Växjö in southern Sweden.[3] After studying Swedish and Spanish at the University of Gothenburg, Jonasson worked as a journalist for the Växjö newspaper Smålandsposten, and for the Swedish evening tabloid Expressen, where he remained until 1994. In 1996, he founded a media company, OTW, which grew to 100 employees. He stopped working in 2003, after having two major back operations and being overworked. He later sold his company.[3]

In 2007 he completed his first book The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. It was published in Sweden in 2009.[3][4][5] Since 2010, Jonas Jonasson has been living with his son on the Swedish island of Gotland.[3][6]


  • Swedish Booksellers Award (2010).[7]
  • German Pioneer Prize (M-Pionier Preis) from Mayersche Buchhandlung (2011).[8]
  • Danish Audiobook Award (2011).[8]
  • Prix Escapades (2012).[9]


Jonasson's first novel has achieved worldwide success. Telling the story of the incredible adventures in the life of a centenarian who escapes from a home, it has been translated into some 35 languages, selling over a million copies in Germany and some 3.5 million worldwide.[6]

  • Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann, Piratförlaget, Stockholm 2009. ISBN 978-91-642-0296-3. (in Swedish)
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, paperback, Hyperion Books, United States, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4013-2464-3.
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (translated by Rod Bradbury), Hesperus Press, London, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84391-372-6.
  • Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und verschwand (translated by Wibke Kuhn), carl's books, München 2011, ISBN 978-3-570-58501-6. (in German)
  • Le Vieux qui ne voulait pas fêter son anniversaire, Paris, Presses de la Cité, 2011. ISBN 9782258086449. (in French)
  • Stoletý stařík, který vylezl z okna a zmizel (translated by Zbyněk Černík), Mladá Boleslav, Panteon, 2012. ISBN 978-80-87697-00-9. (in Czech)
  • A százéves ember, aki kimászott az ablakon és eltűnt, Budapest, Athenaeum, 2011. ISBN 978-963-293-183-8 (Hungarian)
  • Stogodišnjak koji je iskočio kroz prozor i nestao (translated by Marija Popović), Mladinska knjiga Beograd, 2013, ISBN 978-86-7928-398-6 (Serbian)
  • Ο εκατοντάχρονος που πήδηξε από το παράθυρο και εξαφανίστηκε, Ψυχογιός, Αθήνα 2013, ISBN 978-960-496-859-6 (Greek)
  • Stulatek, który wyskoczył przez okno i zniknął (translated by Joanna Myszkowska-Mangold), ebook, Świat Książki – Weltbild Polska, Warszawa, 2012. ISBN 9788377997017 (in Polish)

Jonasson's second novel, about an orphan from Soweto who by chance becomes involved in international politics, was released on 25 September 2013:

သက်တော်ရာကျော်ရှည်စေသော်ဝ် (ဘာသာပြန်=သင့်လူ), (Myanmar)

Jonasson's third novel, which begins with a chance meeting between a hotel desk clerk, a released prisoner and a former priest was released on 23 September 2015:

  • Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän) ("Killer Anders and his friends (along with a few enemies)"), Piratförlaget, Stockholm 2015. ISBN 978-91-642-0477-6. (in Swedish)
  • L’assassin qui rêvait d'une place au paradis, Paris, Presses de la Cité, 2016. ISBN 978-2-258-13353-2. (in French)
  • Ο Άντερς ο φονιάς και οι φίλοι του Ψυχογιός, Αθήνα 2016, ISBN 978-618-01-1642-7 (Greek)
  • Gyilkos-Anders és barátai (meg akik nem azok) Budapest, Athenaeum Kiadó, 2015. ISBN 9789632935102 (Hungarian edition)


  1. ^ "Pär-Ola Jonas Jonasson", (in Swedish) Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  2. ^ Dalya Alberge, "Swedish bestseller has the last laugh", The Observer, 4 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d Angela Levin, "Jonas Jonasson: My 100-year-old hero, and the secret of happiness", The Telegraph, 9 July 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  4. ^ Amanda Taawo, "Mitt i krisen föddes succéromanen", Expressen, 5 October 2010. (in Swedish) Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann", Pirtat förlaget, (in Swedish) Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  6. ^ a b Susanne Kretschmann, Jonas Jonasson: Der Autor hinter dem Bestseller",, 17 August 2012. (in German) Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Om bokhandeln själv får välja", Piratförlaget. (in Swedish) Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Some literary awards of 2011" Archived 26 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Pontas Agency. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  9. ^ "L'aventure en terres nordiques", Terres Nordiques. (in French) Retrieved 27 September 2012.