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Ole Torvalds (1916–1995) was a Finnish-Swedish journalist and poet from Finlandmarker. He was the father of Nils Torvalds and grandfather of Linus Torvalds.

His full name was Ole Torvald Elis Saxberg, but he was also named Karanko after his step father, Toivo T. Karanko. In 1935 when he had moved to Helsinkimarker for studies he changed his name to Torvalds. In 1944 he was awarded a literature prize from Svenska Dagbladet (shared with Harry Martinson, Lars Ahlin and Elly Jannes). In 1978 he received an honorary doctorate from Åbo Akademimarker.

His career as journalist was started as editor of Västra Nyland in Ekenäsmarker where he stayed until after World War II.

He was married to Märta von Wendt and had three children with her. After a divorce he became editor of Österbottningen in Karlebymarker. Then he remarried with Meta Torvalds, fathered two more children and later became editor of Åbo Underrättelser, of which he was the chief editor from 1958 to 1967.


  • "Vi sjunger inte för dem", 1939
  • "Ointagligt land", poems, 1942
  • "Hemligt medansvar", poems, 1944
  • "Svår glädje", short stories, 1946
  • "Strängar av aska", poems, 1954
  • "Mellan is och eld", poems, 1957
  • "Vid källorna", 1961
  • "Speglingar i en å", 1972
  • "Livstecken", poems, 1986
  • "Vågmärken", poems about the archipelago 1937-1987, 1988

In addition, Ole Torvalds participated in compiling several cultural historical books and other works. He is one of the authors biographied by Project Runeberg.



  1. Nykarlebyvyer on Ole Torvalds (Swedish)
  2. Books authored or translated by Ole Torvalds (Fennica – The National Bibliography of Finland)
  3. Project Runeberg on Ole Torvalds

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