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Who is The Swedish Kiwi?

My name is Sophie. I grew up in a small town called Nyköping in Sweden and lived there with my family till I was 20 years old in 2008. I met my partner Jeremy online, and he came over from New Zealand to Sweden to study in 2008. We fell in love and spent most of 2008 with each other, travelling around Sweden and different parts of Europe.

When it was time for him to leave Sweden, I spent a few weeks dreading the thought of being away from him, and after some time I decided to go with him. A decision which was very hard to make, as I’m quite an anxious person who easily overthinks things and can sometimes be afraid to try new things.

Everything worked out well though, as I’ve lived in New Zealand since, and Jeremy and I got engaged in October 2015, on top of Cecil Peak in beautiful Queenstown.


I’ve been lucky enough to travel around New Zealand quite a bit. It’s such a beautiful place, and I don’t regret coming here for a second. In saying that, I miss my family a lot, so I try to go visit them as often as I can. The plan is to move back over there sometime in the near future.

Through this blog I will share with you my thoughts, dreams, goals, achievements, challenges and overall experiences.

Feel free to ask me any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them! 🙂



August 10, 2015


  • tweetprayloveme

    I always wanted to go to New Zealand. My husband and I are planning to go in the near future (maybe next summer?). Welcome to WordPress.

    August 17, 2015 at 3:29 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Oh cool! Yeah, you definitely should come here. Are you meaning New Zealand summer? I would definitely recommend doing that, rather than coming here in winter. 🙂

      August 17, 2015 at 6:44 am Reply
      • tweetprayloveme

        Ha sorry I’m still used to Canadian weather. Summer in Canada is June-August. when’s summer in NZ?

        August 17, 2015 at 7:27 am Reply
        • The Swedish Kiwi

          Summer in New Zealand is December – February, haha. So the opposite. It took me a while to get used to those months being the warmest, coming from Sweden where it’s snowing around then, haha!

          August 17, 2015 at 9:36 am Reply
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    […] But who does that to you? Other recipe bloggers in your neighborhood, that’s who! I was minding my own business, looking for a WordPress Prompt when I came upon  Sophie’s  The Swedish Kiwi Blog. […]

    August 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • ohiocook

    Thank you for dropping by my blog.

    August 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Barbaria

    Hey Sophie, I have nominated you on the Liebster Award because you are expat in New Zealand, my loving country as well, and I like your blog very much 🙂 I know you have been awarded already few times, but anyway. You can see it here:

    August 24, 2015 at 4:32 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thanks heaps! I really appreciate it 🙂 great to hear you like my blog!

      August 24, 2015 at 6:32 am Reply
  • itsgoodtobecrazysometimes


    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post

    August 25, 2015 at 4:56 am Reply
  • Alan Scott

    Yes, New Zealand is a beautiful place – but an awfully long way from anywhere else! I’ve done it the other way around, and now I enjoy being a New Zealander living in Turkey. It seems like the centre of the world!

    August 25, 2015 at 7:48 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Oh cool! How is it over there at the moment? Do you enjoy living there? 🙂

      August 25, 2015 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Zahra Khan

    Love your blog! Great work X

    August 29, 2015 at 12:22 am Reply
  • itsgoodtobecrazysometimes

    Just popped back to say thank you again for visiting my blog, I hope you will come back again soon

    August 29, 2015 at 3:45 am Reply
  • sandeep kaur

    Thanks for liking my post and dropping by my blog. Your blog is just awesome…!!!!!!!!!!! If you like my blog you can follow me on

    September 3, 2015 at 11:12 pm Reply
  • idathessaa

    Love the pictures, looks beautiful 🙂 great blog!

    September 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm Reply
  • Komedoxa

    I’m gld I stumbled on your blog.I love it. I started blogging recently and i also live in NZ.

    September 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yay, I’m glad you like my blog. 🙂 Always great to hear from other New Zealanders!

      September 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • nataliescarberry

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    September 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • aj vosse

    From the top of the world to the bottom… from one beauty to another! 😉

    September 13, 2015 at 10:39 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Haha yeah they are both wonderful countries! No matter where I end up I’ll miss the other heaps!

      September 14, 2015 at 6:25 am Reply
  • mopana

    So, you live the Love story 🙂

    November 20, 2015 at 5:39 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I’m not too sure what you mean! But I do consider mine and Jeremy’s relationship to be a bit of a love story, if that’s what you were referring to? Haha!

      November 21, 2015 at 3:58 pm Reply
      • mopana

        This is exactly what I said. He came after you in Sweden. Then you went after him in New Zealand … A beautiful Love story

        November 21, 2015 at 7:19 pm Reply
  • Kiri

    I just came across your blog through a comment on Being Presently Me. Had to follow, because I don’t follow many other Kiwi bloggers.

    November 23, 2015 at 10:12 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Welcome! Glad you like the blog and decided to follow me. 🙂

      November 23, 2015 at 11:31 am Reply
  • Yelling Rosa

    Gott Nytt År 2016!
    Och alla de bästa för er där borta.
    Hälsingar från Tornio, Lapland, Finland

    January 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • EttaD

    Always wanted to visit New Zealand, a friend of mine moved to Australia a few years ago so may get a chance to visit NZ when I visit her next year. Congratulations on the engagement.

    March 20, 2016 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Thank you so much! You should definitely visit NZ while you’re over here. Totally worth it 🙂

      March 20, 2016 at 11:19 pm Reply
  • Nadia@maisontravers

    Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy sharing my recipes and travels with you. Welcome aboard.
    That was a big move you made and I am so glad that you sound so happy there. Looking forward to following your adventures.

    July 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      No worries, I love cooking and finding new recipes so I’m sure your blog will be absolutely amazing 🙂

      July 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • PedroL

    thank you for starting to follow my blog, it gave me the chance to discover yours 🙂 youu have such interesting content!!! and now I´ll take some time to read it eheh wish you all the best PedroL

    July 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      No problem! The photos on your blog are absolutely amazing. I look forward to seeing more of them! 🙂 Hope you like my blog!

      July 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Pallavi

    I loved the way your website is designed. Simple, beautiful and very reader friendly 🙂

    July 7, 2016 at 12:22 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Thank you! Glad to hear others like it as much as I do! 🙂

      July 7, 2016 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Cheryl

    Hi Sophie, Thanks for following me over at I really appreciate it, sorry it has taken me so long to come over and follow back as I’ve a little baby and not been blogging for a wee while. What an absolutely gorgeous blog you have, really makes me think about upping my game and getting a proper design done! Beautiful! x

    August 10, 2016 at 2:43 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Not a problem. I thought your blog looked great and I love looking at fashion images (even though I’m not very fashionable myself!) Thanks for following back. I took the lazy way out and bought my blog design from Etsy rather than designing it myself. Totally worth it! 🙂

      August 10, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Nice to meet you Sophie! Thanks for following my blog. Yours is giving me loads of inspiration for my big trip home this summer 🙂

    August 14, 2016 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Glad to hear it! I would love to visit Ireland! Will definitely be doing that sometime soon!

      August 14, 2016 at 9:54 am Reply
  • vinneve

    Hi thanks for liking my recent post and it make sense why you come over to NZ from Sweden. I do miss NZ though but no families there now just friends. 🙁

    August 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply
  • theexplorerk

    Hi Sophie! Nice to meet you, loved your blog I mean its just amazing, thanks for checking out my profile, really appreciate it. New Zealand is one of my dream places and its also on my bucket list. Loved to follow you.

    August 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm Reply
    • Sophie

      Glad you like my blog, and I hope you’ll make it to New Zealand one day!

      August 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Felicia

    Hej Sophie!
    Så kul att läsa din fina och inspirerande blogg!
    Jag är väldigt nyfiken på NZ, har rest runt i Australien i ett halvår och älskade det. Vad jobbar du med där nere? Hur länge får du stanna i NZ med svenskt pass, hur fungerar det?
    Tack för en grym blogg!
    🙂 🙂

    August 22, 2016 at 3:35 am Reply
    • Sophie

      Hej! Kul att du gillar min blogg. 🙂 Jag har bott i Nya Zeeland i åtta år och jobbar för tillfället på ett företag som heter Xero. Jag har permanent uppehållstillstånd och är på väg att få medborgarskap, så jag kan stanna hur länge jag vill, men jag började med ett ‘working holiday visa’. Det räckte i ett år innan jag var tvungen att ansöka om ett ‘work visa’ för att få stanna längre. Har du inget visum alls så tror jag det är tre månader som gäller. Säg till om det är något mer du undrar över!

      August 22, 2016 at 7:01 am Reply
  • Deb

    Hi Sophie,
    Thanks for checking out my blog. I love your photos too, and your blog. I look forward to reading more.
    It’s great you were able to follow through on the decision to come live in New Zealand. I know it’s not easy to leave family. We will be going back to the US in September and I am really looking forward to seeing friends and family in person again. We definitely will be coming to New Zealand again, though.

    August 25, 2016 at 7:51 am Reply
    • Sophie

      I’m actually moving back to Sweden in December to be closer to my family! New Zealand will always be my second home though. Would love to live here again in the future.

      August 25, 2016 at 8:15 am Reply

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