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Helsinki, Finland
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
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

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.

SDP's Skinnari: Finland like a Baltic country compared to Sweden

SDP's Skinnari: Finland like a Baltic country compared to Sweden
hs.fi — Social Democrat MP Ville Skinnari says levels of infrastructure spending in Finland are so low, that it makes Finland seem "like a Baltic country" compared to Sweden. The Lahti politician makes the comments on the latest episode of HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers.

Keskusta MP Kurvinen: Our members in cities have low self-esteem

Keskusta MP Kurvinen: Our members in cities have low self-esteem
hs.fi — Keskusta politician Antti Kurvinen says he thinks fellow Centre Party activists in urban areas "don't have self-esteem" and "are a little bit afraid to say they are centrists". The freshman MP makes his comments today on the new episode of HSTV's English-language current affairs show Newsmakers.

Russia Sanctions: Is Europe starting to falter? - Watch HSTV's Newsmakers

Russia Sanctions: Is Europe starting to falter? - Watch HSTV's Newsmakers
hs.fi — Western sanctions against Russia are having an impact, but have not been effective in changing policies on Ukraine and Crimea. That's the view of David Cadier, a Russia expert and visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, as EU leaders decide whether to extend sanctions against Vladimir Putin's government, or let them lapse, in the coming months.

Fresh ideas, more contenders expected in challenge to Alex Stubb's reign

Fresh ideas, more contenders expected in challenge to Alex Stubb's reign
hs.fi — Finance Minister Alex Stubb faces a political fight from within his own party, as Elina Lepomäki challenges him to be the new National Coalition Party leader. This week on Newsmakers, Harri Jaskari talks to David Mac Dougall about what it means for the party, how many other candidates are expected to run for the job, and why the veteran MP is part of 'Team Elina'.

SYL: Fear, frustration and betrayal over education cuts

SYL: Fear, frustration and betrayal over education cuts
hs.fi — Students in Finland feel betrayed and frustrated about government cuts to education, and are fearful about the future, according to SYL, the National Union of University Students in Finland.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

”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

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 [...]
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May 06, 2016

Coached 4 session this week with @espoorugby - including teenage asylum seekers; and 8 year old kids #suomirugby pic.twitter.com/XrL89MtHNY

May 06, 2016

@faisalislam I'm not sure it's a "significant shock". The shock was that they got a majority in a system designed to prevent it.

May 05, 2016

@Jonny_Hallam I'm not pointing any fingers, but I think @OrlaGuerin would have starved in Islamabad without my cooking & baking! :-)

May 05, 2016

@Jonny_Hallam Very welcome. I've fed so many Beeb people over the years I've lost count! LOL!

May 05, 2016

@Jonny_Hallam Oh, now I see which post you were referring to. I thought it was a different food pic. And yes, this post was easy to stage!!

May 05, 2016

@Jonny_Hallam it took me longer to stage the photo than to make & eat the food!!

May 05, 2016

Virtuous lunch. Juniper-infused @KalaLappiOy salmon on rye, with home made garbanzo-avo spread & sea buckthorn shot. httppic.twitter.com/XUfG7yxpi3

May 05, 2016

@modernityscot We're a year on from elections here and the politics just keeps getting more interesting!

May 05, 2016

@modernityscot Is election day possibly your favourite day of the year Mr McTaggart?


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