5 Things You *Probably* Didn’t Know About Jo Nesbø


1. He’s the most successful Norwegian author of all time.

As of March 2014, Nesbø has sold more than 3 million copies of his novels in Norway, and his work had been translated into more than 50 languages. As of 2021, he has sold around 50 million copies worldwide.

2. He wrote a children’s book series.

Nesbø published his first children’s book Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder in 2007. The series is set in Oslo, Norway, and follows the story of Doctor Proctor, a crazy professor waiting for his big break, his next-door neighbor Lisa and her peculiar friend Nilly, a short redheaded boy. Nesbø published the 5th book in the series in 2016. You can download the first three books in the series from the Libby app!

3. He almost played professional soccer directly out of high school.

As a high schooler, Nesbø’s greatest passion was playing soccer. He made his first appearance for Molde, a Premier League team in Norway, at the age of seventeen, and had plans to go on and play professionally in England for the Tottenham Hotspurs after graduation. Unfortunately, a knee injury stopped those plans. Instead, he went into the military and served for three years.

4. He graduated from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

After his military service, Nesbø enrolled in the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration to study economics and financial analysis. After graduation, he became a stockbroker at a brokerage firm in Norway. Soon, he got tired of his day job and began writing songs in his free time.

5. He’s the main vocalist and songwriter for a Norwegian rock band.