Both have Asperger’s – so Anne and Bo get …

Both have gone into the wall in rounds because they have tied the knot on themselves to try to read the codes correctly and function in working life and social contexts. But in front of each other, Anne and Bosse Jönsson have always been able to lower the guard and avoid feeling that they are playing a game.
Photo: Bo Jönsson

Each has its very own room – and very clear communication without implicit messages.

These are two of the tricks that have made Anne and Bosse Jönsson, who both have Asperger’s syndrome, manage to stick together for almost 50 years.

– Sometimes I feel like throwing out Bosse, I have to admit, because he can be extremely introverted. But we feel an enormous security in being able to be ourselves fully in front of the other and not have to disguise ourselves and we have always found our way back to each other, says Anne.

It is Tuesday morning and the couple Anne and Bosse Jönsson, 63 and 65 years old respectively, have just cleared the kitchen table in the four-room apartment in Vallentuna, north of Stockholm. They eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. Bosse, who has just retired from his job as an IT architect, wants a hard and a soft sandwich and film milk and cereal at the beginning of the day and takes an egg and two sandwiches for lunch. Anne, who is on sick leave from her job at Folkbokföringen due to exhaustion, prefers two sandwiches for breakfast and runs a repeat of it in the middle of the day.