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Marko Kristian Lehtosalo

1 January 1975 (1975-01-01) (age 46)
Lahti, Finland
Other names Markoolio
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

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.

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. 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.

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.



Year Album Information Peak
IFPI Certification
1998 Sticker hårt
1999 Dikter från ett hjärta
3x Platinum
2001 Tjock och lycklig
2x Platinum
2003 I skuggan av mig själv
2004 Suomessa Syntynyt
Bäst Off
2007 Värsta plattan
2008 Jag är konst
2012 Jag är Markoolio


Year Single Chart peak Album Certification
1998 "Sommar och sol" 2 Sticker hårt
"Drömmen om Finland" 21
1999 "Vi drar till fjällen" 1 Gold
"Åka pendeltåg" 15
"Sola och bada i Piña Colada" 12 Dikter från ett hjärta Gold
"Millennium 2" 1 3x Platinum
2000 "Gör det igen" 2 Platinum
"Mera mål!" (feat. Arne Hegerfors) 1 3x Platinum
2001 "Rocka på" (with The Boppers) 1 Tjock och lycklig 2x Platinum
2002 "Vi ska vinna!" (feat. Excellence) 3 2x Platinum
"Jag orkar inte mer!" 2 Gold
2003 "Vilse i skogen" 1 I skuggan av mig själv 6x Platinum
2004 "In med bollen" 1 Bäst off Platinum
2007 "Värsta schlagern" (with Linda Bengtzing) 1 Värsta plattan 2x Platinum
"Ingen sommar utan reggae" 1 2x Platinum
"Emma, Emma" (with Tilde Fröling) 17
"Idollåten" 24
2008 "Sverige, det bästa på vår jord" 1 Jag 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 singles 2x Platinum
2017 "Bastukungen" Platinum
"Tomtar på loftet"
"Ge oss mål"
2019 "Modell"
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