Olli Jalonen


OLLI JALONEN (b. 1954) is one of Finland’s most respected authors. Since 1978, he has written over 15 works of fiction, some non-fiction and a children’s fantasy novel.  He has received several important literary prizes, including the Finlandia Prize, and he has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize three times.

Jalonen has lived in Finland, Sweden and Ireland, working as a reporter, information officer and researcher. His extensive oeuvre also includes radio plays and scripts for screen and stage.



  • Eino Leino Prize 1990
  • Finlandia Prize 1990
  • State Literature Award 1990
  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize of Recognition 2005