Ævar Örn Jósepsson was born in Hafnarfjörður on August 25, 1963. He is the youngest of four siblings. He lived in the Reykjavík suburb of Garðabær for the first two years of his life (and claims to have escaped from there without permanent harm), then in Hafnarfjörður, but moved to the countryside, close to the town of Akranes, when he was 16 (he was bribed with a dog). He finished higschool in Akranes in 1983, having been an exchange student in Belgium from 1981-1982. Ævar Örn studied journalism, political science and philosophy at the University of Sterling in Scotland from 1986-1987, and graduated as Magister Artium of philosophy and English literature from Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany in 1994.
Ævar Örn has done various jobs through the years. He worked on fishing boats, and as a worker here and there in the summers as a student. He was a bank employee from 1984-1986, did programs for television in 1986 and on radio in 1987 and 1988, as well as writing about popular music for the newspaper Þjóðviljinn. Ævar has worked as a journalist on and off since 1994, for instance for Morgunblaðið newspaper, the webjournal visir.is, Ský magazine and other journals. He has been a freelance translator, and translated various articles, reports, self-help books and other material. Ævar Örn has worked for RÚV radio (The National Broadcasting Company) since 1995, both freelance and steady, mostly doing daily magazine programs.
Ævar Örn has sent forward five crime novels, all involving the same team of police investigators. The first one was Skítadjopp in 2002 (A Shitty Job), then Svartir englar in 2003 (Rock Bottom), Blóðberg (A Cold Place to Die) in 2005, Sá yðar sem syndlaus er (He Who is Without Sin) 2006 and the latest one is Land tækifæranna (Land of Opportunities) from 2008. His short story, "Línudans" was published in the German collection Spannendsten Weihnachtgeschichten aus Skandinavien, as "Sorge dich nicht, sterbe" in 2004. Svartir englar and Blóðberg have also been published in translations.
Ævar Örn Jósepsson lives in Mosfellsbær, close to the city of Reykjavík. He is married to Sigrún Guðmundsdóttir who is a biologist, and they have two daughters.
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