Mikael Niemi

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Mikael Niemi
Mikael Niemi in 2011.
Mikael Niemi in 2011.
BornPer Mikael Niemi
(1959-08-13) 13 August 1959 (age 62)
Tärnaby, Sweden
Notable works
SpouseEelkje Tuma

Mikael Niemi (born 13 August 1959) is a Swedish author.[1] He wrote the novel Populärmusik från Vittula (in English as Popular music from Vittula).[1] It is the story of a young boy, Matti, growing up in Pajala in the 1960s and is recounted in a humorous way. It became a best-seller in Sweden and was subsequently translated into 30 languages[2] and made into a film in 2004 by Reza Bagher.

Niemi has also written Svålhålet (Astro truckers), Kyrkdjävulen (The church devil), Mannen som dog som en lax (The man who died like a salmon), Blodsugarna (The bloodsuckers), and Koka Björn (To Cook a Bear).

He first became famous by writing poetry, and he has published many collections of poetry, such as Änglar med mausergevär (Angels with mauserguns), Med rötter här uppe (With roots up here) and his first, Näsblod under högmässan (Nosebleed during the high mass). He has also written many works for the theatre.

Many of his books contain some Meänkieli language, the local variety of Finnish.

Niemi was born in Tärnaby but grew up in Pajala. His father's first language was Meänkieli but Niemi was raised with his mother's first language, Swedish.[3] His maternal grandmother was Sámi.[4] He was educated in Luleå but currently resides in Pajala.

Bibliography in English translation[edit]

  • Popular Music from Vittula. (Swedish: Populärmusik från Vittula, 2000.) Translated into English by Laurie Thompson. ISBN 978-0-00-714550-8
  • Astrotruckers. (Swedish: Svålhålet, 2004.) Translated by Laurie Thompson. ISBN 978-1-84343-278-4


  1. ^ a b "Mikael Niemi". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Mikael Niemi at Random House website". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22.
  3. ^ Virkkula, Simopekka (2018). "Menestyskirjailija Mikael Niemi paiskasi kakun kilpailijansa kasvoille ja kertoo nyt miksi – "Rauhaa ei ole vieläkään solmittu"". Hämeen Sanomat (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-07-29.
  4. ^ Ullberg, Sara (2017). "Laestadius blev Niemis egen deckare". Hufvudstadsbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2021-07-29.