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Markoolio performing in 2008
Marko Kristian Lehtosalo

(1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 46)
Lahti, Finland
Other namesMarkoolio
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1998–present
Musical career

Marko Kristian "Markoolio" Lehtosalo (born 1 January 1975 in Lahti, Finland) is a Swedish-Finnish multi-platinum selling recording artist, singer, musician, songwriter, actor, and comedian. His stage name Markoolio is a portmanteau of his first name Marko and the stage name of the American rapper Coolio.



At the age of six months, Lehtosalo migrated from Finland to Sweden where he grew up completing primary and secondary school in the small Stockholm suburb of Orminge. Following the completion of his compulsory military service as a coastal ranger sniper in Ekenäs, Finland, he returned to Sweden. There, he was allegedly discovered by producers when rapping on a commuter train in Stockholm; however, this story has been revealed to be a fabrication. [1]

Markoolio is known in particular for his humorous songs dealing with partying, drinking, and girls such as "Sommar och sol" ("Summer and sun"), "Vi drar till fjällen" ("We're headin' for the mountains") and "Sola och bada i Piña Colada" ("Sunbathing and swimming in Piña Colada"); his songs mocking contemporary life and phenomena such as "Åka Pendeltåg" ("Riding the commuter train") and "Värsta schlagern" ("The goddam' Schlager [song]"); and songs relating to his native Finland such as "Drömmen om Finland" (The dream of Finland) and "Jag orkar inte mer" (I can't take it anymore).

Markoolio has released nine studio albums, hosted and participated in numerous television and radio programs, and won several prizes and awards such as Male Artist of the Year at the Swedish Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2007. He is also the owner of a nightclub and the board member of British company Netgames Holdings which he reportedly owns 3.3 percent of. [2] Markoolio was one of the hosts for Talang on TV4 in 2009. He also played the titular character of Doktor Mugg and starred as Tyke Mörbult in Hem till Midgård. Markoolio was formerly a contestant on Let's Dance 2013, a contest he subsequently won. [3]

On 19 November 2013, Markoolio tried to disrupt the Portugal national football team ahead of the second leg of their World Cup play-off with Sweden. He started a "private concert" at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Portuguese team's hotel. [4] [5]



YearAlbum InformationPeak
IFPI Certification
1998 Sticker hårt
Platinum [6]
1999 Dikter från ett hjärta
3x Platinum [6]
2001 Tjock och lycklig
2x Platinum
2003 I skuggan av mig själv
Platinum [7]
2004 Suomessa Syntynyt
Bäst Off
Gold [8]
2007 Värsta plattan
2008 Jag är konst
2012 Jag är Markoolio


YearSingleChart peakAlbumCertification
1998"Sommar och sol"2Sticker hårt
"Drömmen om Finland"21
1999"Vi drar till fjällen"1Gold
"Åka pendeltåg"15
"Sola och bada i Piña Colada"12Dikter från ett hjärtaGold
"Millennium 2"13x Platinum
2000"Gör det igen"2Platinum
"Mera mål!" (feat. Arne Hegerfors)13x Platinum
2001"Rocka på" (with The Boppers)1Tjock och lycklig2x Platinum
2002"Vi ska vinna!" (feat. Excellence)32x Platinum
"Jag orkar inte mer!"2Gold
2003"Vilse i skogen"1I skuggan av mig själv6x Platinum
2004"In med bollen"1Bäst offPlatinum
2007"Värsta schlagern" (with Linda Bengtzing)1Värsta plattan2x Platinum
"Ingen sommar utan reggae"12x Platinum
"Emma, Emma" (with Tilde Fröling)17
2008"Sverige, det bästa på vår jord"1Jag är konst
"The Markoolio Anthem"4
2009"Kärlekssång från mig"32
2012"Borta bra men hemma bäst"Jag är Markoolio
"En vecka i Phuket"
2014"Fredagslåten"Non-album singles2x Platinum
"Tomtar på loftet"
"Ge oss mål" [upper-alpha 1]


  1. "Ge oss mål" did not enter the Sverigetopplistan, but peaked at number 13 on the Swedish Heatseeker chart. [9]

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