"A good sense of humour combined with
self-distance ALWAYS make the world a better place. AND My hundred-year-old, Allan Karlsson, would probably add a bottle of vodka TO COMPLETE THE PICTURE."


Jonas Jonasson was born in the city of Växjö in southern Sweden in 1961. He first started writing when working as a journalist for a number of Swedish newspapers. He subsequently went on to start his own production company. After several years in the media industry, Jonas felt the urge to do something else.

That was when the character of Allan Karlsson came to him: He started to write his first novel The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.  The debut became a huge international success and was published all over the world. In 2013 it was turned into a major motion picture.

The international success was repeated with Jonas' second novel The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. A movie adaptation is now in the works, developed by the Hollywood-based Icelandic producer Joni Sighvatsson.

From late autumn 2015, Jonas' third novel, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All , has been launched world wide. Once again, the book is number one in many countries. Jonas is now writing  his  fourth novel.


My Allan Karlsson, who climbed out the window on his 100th birthday, thinks things are what they are. That whatever will be, will be. I think there is room for change, as long as we make room for laughter. And a spoonful of self-mockery never hurt anybody.

War is bad. So is fanatical religion. And despotic politicians with exaggerated opinions of themselves. In my book, we would all be better off if we took ourselves
a little less seriously. Life is nothing but a few hand-held sparklers (in Sweden that word is sillier, funnier, as it involves Santa’s little helpers).

Let’s all be kind and have fun as we watch it all sparkle away. Oh, and do tell some harmless lies to spice things up. In the words of my grandfather:

“If you always stick to the truth, nobody will bother to listen.”

Grandpa was already well settled in heaven when I wrote my first book. I know he would have been proud to know that his grandson's writing has now been translated into 45 languages. It has sold 14 million copies and somehow made me, as an author, something of a global phenomenon. How did that happen? I am rahter stunned, myself, and take comfort in the idea that things are what they are and will be what they will be. 


  • Shortlisted for the Japense Booksellers Award (2016)
  • Shortlisted for the International Author of The Year at the National Book Awards 2014, UK
  • Golden Book Award (Gouden Boek),  (2014),  Netherlands
  • lit.COLOGNE Audiobook Award (2014), Germany
  • Author of the Year (2013),  Sweden
  • Prix Escapades (2012), France
  • German Pioneer Prize (M-Pionier Preis) from Mayersche Buchhandlung (2011)
  • Danish Audiobook Award (2011)
  • Swedish Booksellers Award (2010)
  • Swedish Audiobook Award (2010)

latest news

After many months of silence Jonas confirmes the reason: He is about to complete the script for his fourth novel, to be published in 2018. Asked to comment on what the new novel will be about he says:
   - It will be a global odyssey in present time. As I use to say: Same, same, but different. Joking about the world is a never ending story.

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Jonas in the German talkshow Markus Lanz
Spanish television on Jonas' visit at the Madrid Book Fair
Hitman Anders in the top ten 
Hitman Anders published in English
Japanese bookseller prize for "The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden"
Hitman Anders #1 in Germany
Jonas attends Salon du Livre
Book of the Year 2015 prize in Poland
The Spanish press on Hitman Anders