Nadia Hasnaoui

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Nadia Hasnaoui
Born (1963-06-10) 10 June 1963 (age 52)
Nationality Norwegian (formerly Moroccan)
Occupation Journalist, television presenter

Nadia Hasnaoui (Arabic نادية حسناوي) (born 10 June 1963) is a Norwegian television presenter.

Hasnaoui was born in Morocco[1] to a Norwegian mother and Moroccan father. Her maternal grandfather was Nobel Prize–winning economist Ragnar Frisch. When she was four years old her parents divorced and she moved to Norway with her mother. In Oslo she attended a strict Catholic French kindergarten and then later a French school until fourth grade. She became a Norwegian citizen at the age of eighteen. In 1991 she married actor Kim Haugen.[2]

During the 1980s she was a dancer, among other places at Den Nationale Scene. She was an employee of TV2 from 1993 to 2004, hosting shows such as God morgen, Norge and Jakten på det gode liv. In 2003 she was host of the television show Hasnaoui.[3] Hasnaoui has said she was at first amused by the opportunity as it was much like a Norwegian child in Morocco having a show there called "Olsen".[2] In 2004 she joined the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, hosting shows such as Kvitt eller dobbelt and various shows related to the Eurovision Song Contest.[3] She speaks English, French, Italian and Norwegian.


Hasnaoui first became associated with Eurovision in 1992, when she provided the NRK radio commentary for the 1992 Contest.

In 2004, Hasnaoui presented the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Lillehammer, Norway. Hasnaoui has also presented festivals in Norway such as Melodi Grand Prix Junior.

In 2005 Hasnaoui provided Norwegian commentary on the Fiftieth Anniversary Special alongside former veteran Jahn Teigen.

Hasnaoui presented the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Bærum in May 2010 with Haddy Jatou N'jie and Erik Solbakken.[4] She also read out the Norwegian votes for the 2011 and 2012 contests.[5]


  1. ^ "Nadia Hasnaoui: Jegeren etter det gode liv". Coop Mega. 
  2. ^ a b Bjånesøy, Kjartan Brøgger (9 February 2004). "Fortsatt glimt i øyet". Dagbladet. 
  3. ^ a b Smith-Meyer, Trond (9 November 2009). "Nadia Hasnaoui". Store norske leksikon. 
  4. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2010-03-10). "Nadia, Haddy and Erik to host 2010 Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Running order for the voting tonight". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 May 2012.  Due to an unknown reason as yet, Georgia did not reveal their votes, leaving only 41 countries voting in total.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Russia Semi-finals: Natalia Vodianova and
Andrey Malahov
Final: Alsou and Ivan Urgant
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Haddy Jatou N'jie and Erik Solbakken)
Succeeded by
Germany Anke Engelke, Judith Rakers and Stefan Raab
Preceded by
Denmark Camilla Ottesen and Remee
Junior Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Stian Barsnes Simonsen)
Succeeded by
Belgium Maureen Louys and Marcel Vanthilt