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.

Jalonen 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.

“Jalonen is a master at building open places into a text. His stories breathe, and each page contains an expectation, of good or evil.” – Kouvolan Sanomat


  • Finlandia Prize 2018
  • The Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize of Recognition 2005
  • Eino Leino Prize 1990
  • Finlandia Prize 1990
  • State Literature Award 1990
  • Kalevi Jäntti Prize 1984
  • State Literature Award 1984
  • Critics’ Spurs, Union of Finnish Critics 1984
  • J.H. Erkko Prize for new authors 1979


  • Runeberg Prize 2018

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