Spain has always been my great passion and most of my life I have dedicated myself to transmitting its culture and news to Scandinavians. I have been able to do this thanks to the fact that I was born and raised in Spain to Swedish parents and I have spoken both Swedish and Spanish since I was little. When I was nine years old my family moved to Sweden (Åkersberga), but my desire to return remained. As soon as I came of age, I returned to Spain.
At eighteen I studied Spanish philology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and at twenty-one I began to show the country to Nordic tourists. I have worked as a tour guide in many places in Spain, as well as in Portugal, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. I was also employed during the EXPO92. in the Swedish pavilion.
I have been working as a journalist for 30 years and I run the leading Swedish media company in Spain, Sydkusten, from Marbella. It means that for three decades I have been following Spanish news and reported it in Swedish in writing, as well as in video reports and video blogs.
My wife Carmen is from the Cádiz area and we have three daughters, Ada, Eva and Sara. As self-employed my free time is very limited, but the one I have I like to dedicate to hiking. There are fantastic routes in Spain. A vital experience, together with the writing of my novel, has been completing the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela from Seville. In total it was 861 kilometers on foot with my backpack, which I did in parts for a little over six years. I reached the goal in September 2021.
The decision to publish a historical novel based on true events came to me through a series of rare coincidences. I found myself involved in the intricacies described in the book, which deals with two Swedish artists who arrived in Granada in the spring of 1922.
At the same moment that I decided to write the novel, the opportunity arose to participate in a writing course, given by the best-selling swedish authors Christina Larsson and Birgitta Bergin. I first took a basic course with them and a year later an advanced one, which turned out to be very useful to complete the book project.
Spain is the favorite holiday destination for Swedes and my vocation is for as many people as possible to discover all that exists beyond the beach and the golf course. I do this by writing daily news, as well as blogging and vlogging on a regular basis. The pandemic put my role as a communicator to the test more than ever and our media company multiplied the number of followers.
In addition to reporting in both print and digital media, I give multiple conferences to the Scandinavian community in Spain. These deal with current issues, as well as Spanish history and culture, such as the Civil War and Franco, bullfights and of course the Camino de Santiago.
My knowledge of Spain, as well as four years dedicated to research for the novel, have helped me unravel the mystery that occurred in Andalusia in 1922 and capture it in my first novel "Five weeks in Granada." My wish is that the novel not only captivates the reader and provides him och her with greater knowledge about Spain, but also encourages to travel and discover more of this wonderful country.
2023 - The spanish version of the novel is released
2022 - Debut as novelist with the swedish version of "Five Weeks in Granada"
Since 2016 - Ocasional tour guide at circuits in Andalusia for Tema Resor
2010-2019 - Delegate on the Costa del Sol for the Spanish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce
Since 2000 - Mayority partner and director of Sydkusten Media S.A.
1995-97 - Host of Radio Solymar, on Onda Cero International (Marbella)
1994-2000 - Partner and editor of Sydkusten
1993-94 - Employee at the media company Sverige Nytt/Sydkusten, in Marbella
1992 - Employee at the Swedish Pavilion in the EXPO92 in Seville
1987-1993 - Tour Guide and destination manager for Star Tour Fritidsresor and Tema Resor
1986-87 - Military service as instructor in First Aid at the Swedish Red Cross
1985-86 - Advanced studies in spanish at the University of Stockholm.
1984-85 - Curso de Hispanidad, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Honorary Diploma)
1984 - Graduated from High School (languages) in Åkersberga (Sweden)