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 moved to Finland in 1981. In 2011 she moved to Amsterdam where she resides with her South African daughter.[3]


In the 1980's Abu-Hanna was a member of the Helsinki City Council (The Green Party) and member of the Real Estate Board of Helsinki. In the 1990's she was a journalist, documentary maker and columnist. She became known to the wider public as the first non-white presenter of the weekly current affairs news-program Ajankohtainen Kakkonen at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. In the 2000's she was member of the Arts Council Finland (2004-2009) and was the first chair of its Multicultural Board. Abu-Hanna was also the cultural diversity adviser of the Finnish National Gallery (3 museums of fine art).

Her first novel Nurinkurin was published in 2003. Her book on identity Sinut was published in 2007. A manual for the cultural field Multikulti 2012.[4] A cultural history of modern Helsinki Alienin Silmin 2014. She was the co-writer of "A changing world, perspectives on heritage" with case study of museums in Afghanistan. She is working on a book of ethics for children.


  • Nurinkurin (2003)
  • Sinut (2007),[5]
  • Multkikulti (2012)
  • Alienin simlin (2014)
  • A Changing World, perspectives on heritage (2014)
  • Columns, Metro
  • Columns, Suomen Kuvalehti
  • Columns, Helsingin Sanomat
  • Columns, Finnair's in-flight magazine: Blue Wings



  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. ^ "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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