Umayya Abu-Hanna

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Umayya Abu-Hanna
Born (1961-03-17) 17 March 1961 (age 54)[1]
Haifa, Israel

Umayya Abu-Hanna (born 17 March 1961) is a Palestinian-Finnish[2] writer, journalist, and former member of the Helsinki City Council born in Haifa, Israel, into a Palestinian family. She married to a Finnish man and moved to Finland.[3]


Abu-Hanna was a Radio and TV-journalist, documentary maker and columnist. She became known to the wider public when she became the first non-white presenter of the weekly current affairs news program Ajankohtainen kakkonen at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.[citation needed] She was the cultural diversity adviser of the Finnish National Gallery's research department from 2005 to 2010, as well as a member of the Arts Council of Finland (2004-2009) and was the first chair of its Multicultural Board (2009).[citation needed]

Her first novel Nurinkurin was published in 2003. Her book on identity Sinut was published in 2007. Her next book was a manual of multiculturalism published in 2012.[4]




  1. ^ Umayya Abu-Hanna at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). In this article she calls herself Palestinian Finnish.
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  4. ^ 6d interview of Umayya Abu-Hanna in English
  5. ^ a b "Etusivu - Kirjailijat - Kaikki - Umayya Abu-Hanna". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Etusivu> Kirjat> Sinut (Abu-Hanna, Umayya)". Retrieved 2010-03-03. 

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