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Helsinki, Finland
Freelance Journalist
Covers:  immigration, nato, nordic region, iceland, media, politics, europe, arctic science, indigenous peoples, business, environment, green tech, arts and culture, education, social media, start-ups, greenland, estonia, international relations, finland, nordic & baltic, denmark, faroes, norway, economy, rugby, sweden, national defense

Scottish journalist, broadcaster and storyteller with a Nordic niche

David Mac Dougall's Biography

I'm a Helsinki-based journalist and broadcaster covering diverse stories that grab my attention across the Nordic region: politics, international relations, sport, lifestyle, crime, arts, environment, minorities, education and more.

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; and then spent two years in Islamabad with The Associated Press ...

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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.

[Video] Finland approves gay-marriage bill

newzulu.com — Politicians in Finland approved a vote to allow same-sex marriage on November 28,2014. This paves the way for gay marriages in Finland in 2016. The country is the last Nordic state to do so. The vote was 105 in favour and 92 against.

Hack Your Life: The Hottest Lifestyle Startup Trends for 2015

forbes.com — The hottest lifestyle startup trends for 2015 take some of the most routine parts of your day and give them a digital makeover. Whether it's breathing, reading, shaving, doing laundry or getting to know your city better, the next wave of innovations for 2015 are here to help.

Red-Eye Nightmares: The Nordic Solution To Help You Sleep Soundly In Coach

forbes.com — Whether you're flying long haul, cross country or just a short commuter hop, falling asleep in coach is never fun. Now a team of Nordic entrepreneurs have designed a solution to stop you jerking your neck around or getting muscle strain when you slump uncomfortably in 34C, wedged between two larger [...]

Finland backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

bbc.com — The Finnish government is set to give its support to the Scottish government in a controversial court case over minimum pricing levels for alcohol. BBC Scotland has learned that Finnish officials will present papers to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg this week.

Finland backs Scottish minimum alcohol pricing

bbc.co.uk — The Finnish government is set to give its support to the Scottish government in a controversial court case over minimum pricing levels for alcohol. BBC Scotland has learned that Finnish officials will present papers to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg this week.

Is Apple Ruining Finland's Economy? Don't Believe Everything You Read

forbes.com — The Prime Minister of Finland thinks Apple is ruining his country's economy. At least that's what some writers and bloggers would have you believe. "I guess one could say that the iPhone killed Nokia and the iPad killed the Finnish paper industry" Alex Stubb told CNBC in an interview this week.

Porn In The Post: You've Got Male

forbes.com — When the Finnish post office announced it would release a set of stamps commemorating a famous artist, the images set pulses racing for more than just hard core philatelists. Last month, the first stamps went on sale and became a runaway success, showcasing the work of Touko Laaksonen,whose homoerotic artwork is [...]

Helsinki Out Of Season: Fall In The Finnish Capital

forbes.com — Finland in the Fall can sometimes feel like an ugly step-sister, wedged between the twin beauties of glorious lazy sunny summer days and luminous bright winter snowscapes. It's true the vast tracts of forest, especially east in Karelia or north in Lapland, can be spectacular as the leaves turn russet, rivalling [...]

Viking Treasure: The Buzz About Liquid Gold

forbes.com — When Viking warriors returned home from raids, they brought with them chests of plundered gold. But when they celebrated, they did so with a golden treasure of their own: honey. In its most simple form, honey ale - or mead - is produced by fermenting water and honey with natural yeast.

The Silence Of The Lambs, The Roar Of The Volcano: Travel Inspiration In East Iceland

forbes.com — "Here I am in my brand new life" says Sigga Lund. The former radio star and her boyfriend live hundreds of miles from friends and family, with the bleating of their 300 sheep the only noise for miles around. During her career, Sigga's was a familiar voice to listeners in Iceland, [...]
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Dec 18, 2014

@rmilneNordic ...then again at Oslo airport there's a form of 3rd world haggling with taxi drivers to find the cheapest price to city!

Dec 18, 2014

@rmilneNordic When the bloke who lives in Oslo complains about the high prices in Stockholm... you know it's expensive!

Dec 18, 2014

@BOYSTOWN_series I'm not the journalist you're looking for. And a bit of googling will tell you that @APDiploWriter is not either.

Dec 18, 2014

Scandinavia, writes @nytimes, where a big social safety net and strong job market can co-exist tinyurl.com/pnc4mhv

Dec 18, 2014

@kasperviita I don't know if kvas is bad for me, many experts say it is. But here in Finland we have domestic soft drinks. Like lonkero :-)

Dec 18, 2014

@kasperviita Phew! Good to know! I was worried for a moment there :-)

Dec 18, 2014

In #Finland politics it's a blue Christmas for Alex Stubb's NCP: overtaken by both Centre Party & now SDP in new poll tinyurl.com/nj5bdbk

Dec 18, 2014

@PaulSonne Awww... not even an overly dramatic wink? That's disappointing :-(



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