About me

I’m the correspondent in Latin America for Dagens Nyheter, the biggest and most important newspaper of Sweden and Scandinavia. I have won the Swedish television award for best investigative program and was nominated for the Swedish Grand Journalism Award for the documentary A Royal Nazi Secret, about the father of Queen Silvia of Sweden. The documentary also got a Gold medal in the category History & Society at the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

My first book, Fantasy Island – Brave New Heart of Brazil, tells about the life in the most planned city in the world, the Brazilian capital Brasília, and got great reviews. It’s published by Key Publishing House in Toronto and mentioned in this article in New York Times.

My second book, Jogo Bonito: Pelé, Neymar and Brazil’s Beautiful Game, takes you on a journey through the Wild West of Brazilian football. It’s a history, a travelogue and a gonzo-style report into the world’s best footballing nation. Jogo Bonito is published by Yellow Jersey Press and got also great reviews. The Guardian wrote that the book is Distinguished by it’s entertaining originality and The Times wrote Jönsson’s book is a joy, dancing around erratically between the best and the worst of Brazil.

Contact me on: riojonsson(a)gmail.com