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Helsinki, Finland
Freelance Journalist
Covers:  finland, nordic, baltic, politics immigration, nato, arctic, environment, arts, culture, education, defence, lifestyle, sweden, norway, iceland, denmark, estonia, tourism, scandinavia, music, faroes
Doesn't Cover: economy, finance, business, startups, entrepreneurs

Scottish journalist & broadcaster with a Nordic/Baltic niche. Tweets about #suomirugby may contain bias. Host of @HSNewsmakers on Helsingin Sanomat's #HSTV

David Mac Dougall's Biography

I'm a Helsinki-based journalist and broadcaster covering diverse stories that grab my attention across the Nordic & Baltic region, with a broad interest in politics, environment, lifestyle, crime, arts, minorities, immigration, tourism and education.

I used to be a conflict zone journalist, now I'm a comfort zone journalist. I was based in Iraq for almost 6 years as a Fox News correspondent, reporting also for Sky News and ...

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Helsinki-based journalist and broadcaster. Presenter of HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers. Contributor - of varying frequency - to Helsingin Sanomat, Politico Europe, Forbes, STV, VICE, BBC Radio Scotland and Finland's MTV News.

Erkki Tuomioja: Sweden has done more than anyone, but freedom is being eroded

Erkki Tuomioja: Sweden has done more than anyone, but freedom is being eroded

SUPO Director: More ethnic minorities needed for intelligence work - but no James Bonds

SUPO Director: More ethnic minorities needed for intelligence work - but no James Bonds

PM Sipilä's relations with Finnish unions a complete failure says Li Andersson

PM Sipilä's relations with Finnish unions a complete failure says Li Andersson

Finns Party MP: "Build camps for refugees, and only let educated people in"

Finns Party MP: "Build camps for refugees, and only let educated people in"

What advice can you offer to aspiring journalists?

Embrace social media, but don't ignore good old fashioned shoe leather, hand shaking & coffees to cultivate face-to-face contacts & sources.

Eva Biaudet: Soini more interested in populist talk than hard work

hs.fi — Swedish People's Party MP Eva Biaudet says Russia should be living up to its international obligations when it comes to securing the borders, as new figures reveal more than 500 migrants have crossed from Russia to Finland so far this year.
Feb 03, 2016

Now on @HSNewsmakers - MP @EvaBiaudet talks Russia, migrants, Soini, education cuts & charging for degrees hs.fi/kotimaa/a14544… @hstvfi

Ozan Yanar: It's crystal clear, no Neo-Nazis on our streets

hs.fi — Green Party MP Ozan Yanar has condemned the Soldiers Of Odin street patrols movement, calling them ultra right-wing racists. Speaking on HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers, Yanar is also critical of the way the government coalition has handled their reaction to the vigilante patrols.
Jan 27, 2016

RT @hstvfi: HSTV:n Newsmakers. Vihreiden Ozan Yanar ei hyväksy katupartioita. bit.ly/1QBXPOF #HSTV #HS #HSNewsmakers twitter.com/davidmacdougal…

Elina Lepomäki: Let in 50,000 migrants, then close the borders

hs.fi — National Coalition Party member of parliament Elina Lepomäki says Finland should have a "rolling" limit of 50,000 migrants, before imposing temporary border controls to stop the flow of people coming to the country to claim asylum. Speaking on HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers, Lepomäki acknowledges her suggested upper limit will likely be reached during the first part of 2016.
Jan 20, 2016

RT @elinalepomaki: My interview with @davidmacdougall on the migrant crisis and the need to acutely reform the job market in Finland. hs.fi/kotimaa/a14532…

”Build camps for refugees, and only let educated people in” - Finns Party's Tom Packalén outlines his solutions to migrant crisis

hs.fi — Finns Party politician Tom Packalén says Finland should let educated asylum seekers stay in the country, as there is too great a risk uneducated people would become radicalised. Speaking on HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers, Packalén said that Finland should follow Canada's example when it comes to refugees.

Autumn Activities Across The Nordics

forbes.com — With many people planning their next break, the Nordic region is so easily reachable from the rest of Europe or further afield, and while autumn might seem like an unusual time to visit, there are really exciting events happening. Here's a look at some of the highlights in the Nordic [...]

There's An App For That

forbes.com — If you're visiting the Nordic region, the great outdoors is never very far away, even if you're in one of the major cities. National parks, forests, lakes, rivers, hiking and biking trails are usually easy to access. However, one problem is for those people who are 'casual outdoorsman'. If you come [...]

Time Out In Tallinn

forbes.com — If you've never visited Tallinn, the city is not only easier to get to than ever before, but enjoying something of a renaissance. It's quietly evolved into a vibrant hub for the arts, where you'll find cobbled streets with hidden restaurant gems, art galleries, live music, theatre and a great [...]

Why Your Favourite Character Actors Are Going North

forbes.com — VideoBefore Rovio and Supercell - before Angry Birds and Clash of Clans - there was Remedy, the original heavyweight Finnish gaming company. And it's just turned 20 years old. Famous for hits like Max Payne and Alan Wake, Remedy is now pushing the boundaries of game play, combining extensive live [...]

Forbes Life

Go With The Flow

forbes.com — From obscure emerging bands you've never heard of, to some of the world's biggest recording stars; from Michelin-quality food trucks to DJs, art installations, esoteric discussions and cocktails, to new technology and an environmental awareness that would make Greenpeace blush, Finland's Flow Festival can certainly stake a claim to be the world's [...]
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Feb 10, 2016

@wannforangus The one you tweeted about Joan McAlpine being banned from driving. It's "driving" me mad not finding the story! (Pun intended)

Feb 10, 2016

@wannforangus Hi! It's really frustrating that I can't find any link to the story that might verify this tweet. Can you help please? Thanks!

Feb 09, 2016

@imagejunkies Now I'm going to have nightmares about going up those towers shooting a story about bungee jumping... horrific!

Feb 09, 2016

@fionalaird she "had her hair done downstairs" or she "had her downstairs hair done"? Your original tweet wasn't quite clear...

Feb 09, 2016

Looks like Helsinki gets more miserable weather on Wednesday. *le grand sigh* twitter.com/HSNewsmakers/s…

Feb 09, 2016

Things I always read online: basically anything written by the lovely @yurikageyama. Why bother with anyone else?! twitter.com/yurikageyama/s…

Feb 08, 2016

@kimgron Of course his views as Finance Minister on this topic not as pertinent as PM, President, Interior Minister and Foreign Minister.


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