Mia Spangenberg


Mother tongue

English, Finnish, German

Translates from

Finnish, Finland Swedish

Translates to


Other language skills



Academic degree

Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, 2009 (Contemporary Finnish fiction and film)

Additional subject-specific studies

Graduate of FILI's FI-EN Mentorship program in 2017
FILI workshop on translating nonfiction in 2018
TINFO workshop on translating plays in 2019
FILI workshop on translating children's literature in 2022


Interests and specialisation

Fiction, Prose, Poetry, Drama, Literature for children and young people, Comics, Crime/detective, Fantasy & science fiction, Non-fiction, Anthropology, Archeology, Art, Art history, Conservation, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Music, Pedagogy and education, Philosophy, Photography and movies, Political science, Psychology, Publishing, Religion, Social policy, Sociology, Theatre and dance

List of translations

Secrets & Siblings: The Vanished Lives of China's One Child Policy. Zed Books, 2019. Original title: Yhden lapsen kansa by Mari Manninen. Genre: Prose.

My Favourite Finnish Things. Otava, 2021. Original title: Aarteitani Suomesta by Satu Kettunen. Genre: Children’s picture books.

The Red Book of Farewells. Two Lines Press, 2023. Original title: Punainen erokirja by Pirkko Saisio. Genre: Prose.

Now translating

Pienin yhteinen jaettava, or The Lowest Common Multiple by Pirkko Saisio

I will be pleased to write reader’s reports.

Updated: 10.5.2023