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October 12, 2016

It’s official, I’m now both a New Zealand and Swedish citizen, which means that I’m really living up to the name The Swedish Kiwi. I’ve been to my citizenship ceremony and I’ve been given my certificate. I kind of thought it would feel a bit different, but I guess at the end of the day, the only thing that’s changed is the fact that I can now have a New Zealand passport, and I can work and live in Australia just like any other New Zealander. Not that I’m looking at doing that anyway, but you know, it’s a good option to have!

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The ceremony was pretty short and sweet, about an hour. I had to read out the affirmation and pretty much accept the Queen into my life. Then we all went up on stage individually to grab our certificates and to take a photo with Peter Dunne. I was super nervous going up on stage, because I hate being the centre of attention. They told us beforehand where the camera man would be, but when I got up on stage, I totally forgot where to look. Nerves do that to you.

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Once we had all grabbed our certificates, we sang the national anthem, and then it was pretty much over. I’m glad it wasn’t too long, because I had to sit with all the other people that were getting their Citizenship, rather than sit with the people I had invited. But afterwards, I reunited with Jeremy and Kitty. My friend James also got his Citizenship that evening, so we congratulated each other.

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There were some light refreshments afterwards, but rather than celebrate, I went home to relax. That seems to be what I do these days. The ceremony was on a Monday anyway, so I wouldn’t have been able to celebrate too much, as I had to get up early for work the next day. In hindsight, I probably should have taken the day after off. Oh well.

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