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Per Ola Jonasson (1961-07-06) 6 July 1961 (age 57) Växjö, Sweden
The son of an ambulance driver and a nurse, Jonasson was born and raised in Växjö in southern Sweden. 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.
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. Since 2010, Jonas Jonasson has been living with his son on the Swedish island of Gotland.
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.
Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann, Piratförlaget, Stockholm 2009. ISBN978-91-642-0296-3. (in Swedish)