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Meet our Newbie Bloggers

Are you new to our blog? Or are you already a follower of our bloggers? Either way, we want to introduce you to all our fabulous Newbie and Oldbie bloggers who share their stories and experiences. Through them you get an insight into what it is like to be a newbie and you can also get loads of good tips and advice if you are a newbie yourself. 

Jessica Arifianto

JESSICA ARIFIANTO

Jessica Arifianto

Hej! I’m Jessi, a newbie to Sweden and a blogger over at www.whenquirkymetnerdy.com. Nearly three years ago I left the United States with my husband and young son to begin this crazy awesome journey, from Seattle to Surrey, to Sweden. Göteborg became our home during the height of the snowstorm this past January and it’s been an adventure every day since. I hope you enjoy my newbie stories–thanks for reading!


Alessandro Bassini

ALESSANDRO BASSINI

Alessandro Bassini

Originally from Italy, I have been living in Sweden for the last eight years. Translating Swedish novels is what I do for a living. Languages is not only my work, but also my passion. I believe that every language has some key-words that best express the culture of the place where it is spoken. A cultural map of the Swedish language is what I want to create with this blog.


Galileo Griffin

GALILEO GRIFFIN

Galileo Griffin

Louisiana Galileo Ahnström is one of Sweden’s many love refugees. Originally from Australia, she moved to Sweden in 2013 to live with her Swedish partner. Galileo was born with congenital glawcoma which caused her to lose all the sight in her left eye and most of the sight in her right. She is based in Stockholm where she lives with her husband and 1 year old daughter. Her passions include music, chess, languages, reading and history. In Australia she worked as a radio presenter for community radio in the Blue Mountains, was lead singer in a band and studied youth work and community services.


Moti Govindani

MOTI GOVINDANI

Moti Govindani

Hi all newbies and oldbies! My name is Motee Govindani. I’ve live in Sweden for 2 years now and I’m originally from Thailand. When I first moved to Sweden, I found that Sweden was much more expensive than my home country but I have learned that there are many ways to live cheaply here too. So in my blog posts I will write advice about how to live smartly and cheaply here in Sweden.


Wemimo Ibidunmoye

WEMIMO IBIDUNMOYE

Wemimo Ibidunmoye

I’m a Nigerian who recently moved to Sweden with my husband. I love writing, reading, blogging and listening to music.


Yen Ling Lee

YEN LING LEE

Yen Ling Lee

I’m Yen Ling and I am originally from Malaysia and have been living in Stockholm for the past 2½ years. I love to travel and I love food. Therefore, I travel to places for good food. When I am not working in my kitchen, I try to hit the gym as often as possible or go out for a run while enjoying the lovely Swedish air.


Pavel Matveyev

Pavel Matveyev

Pavel Matveyev

I am originally from Russia. In this blog I write about exhibitions and cultural events in Stockholm. Sweden’s capital has a great variety of state-run museums and private galleries that keep up with the latest global trends. So if you’re into art and design, you’re in the right place! And, contrary to the common opinion, seeing art here is not expensive – some institutions are totally free, some offer free entrance on specific days. If you like to see the art I’m working on, you’re very welcome to check out my website www.pavelmatveyev.com.


Steven Muir

STEVEN MUIR

Steven Muir

I am originally from Canada but after many years here, first as a student and now working for a Swedish company, I definitely see myself as a seasoned “Oldbie”. I blog about LGTB life in Sweden. Probably not too much about the latest club or who’s gay on the latest docusåpa (look it up), but more about things I’ve learned about living in Sweden, where being gay is at least part of my identity. Let me know if there’s any Swedish LGBT Newbie questions you’re curious about!


Junaid Shaikh

JUNAID SHAIKH

Junaid Shaikh

IT consultant, Software tester, Sportsman, Gadget enthusiast, Tropical fish lover, traveller and Socializer. From Mumbai, India. In Sweden since 2015.


Neil Shipley

Neil Shipley

Neil Shipley

My name’s Neil Shipley and I have lived in Sweden for over 20 years. I work as a trainer, lecturer and coach in Intercultural competence and communication from my Stockholm-based company. I am also of one of the few people in Sweden to have a Master’s degree in Intercultural competence. From my English perspective, I observe Swedish society and the Swedes – everything from the special to the sublime, the scary to the surprising. This is a blog of my observations. I can be employed to provide training, lectures, seminars. Check out my company: www.keytraining.se.


Rona Strawbridge

Rona Strawbridge

Rona Strawbridge

Rona is a reformed couch potato who enjoys training in the gym, cycling, cross-country skiing and occasionally punishes herself with running. Whilst not particularly competitive, she enjoys a challenge to help her maintain her philosophy of exercising enough so she can eat whatever she likes. Her achievements to date include completing Vätternrundan and the halvklassiker.


Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux

Sofi Tegsveden Devaux

Sofi Tegsveden Devaux

After many years of international experience, Sofi runs her own company, Bee Swedish, specialized in Swedish language, culture and communication. She believes that Swedish culture is much more complex than most newbies, oldies – and especially Swedes themselves, realise. Her work aims to create mutual understanding for collaboration through curiosity, a critical mind-set and a sense of humour. She hopes that her blog posts on the Newbie Guide can provide some useful insights into the particularities of the Swedish mind. Check out her company at www.beeswedish.com


Francisco Vilaplana

Francisco Vilaplana

Francisco Vilaplana

Francisco Vilaplana is an Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He has international research experience from Spain, The Netherlands, Australia and, of course, Sweden. In this blog, he discusses in an informal setting the challenges and possibilities of a newbie researcher in Sweden. Neither his host institution, none of the funding agencies, nor his co-workers can be held responsible for the opinions in his blog posts.


Harry Woodage

HARRY WOODAGE

Harry Woodage

I am a student originally from Wales, in the UK, and have been living in Sweden since March. I enjoy languages, (particularly Swedish!) writing, sport, meeting new people and exchanging stories, thoughts and ideas.

 

 


Lydia Hallie

Lydia Hallie

Hey! I’m Lydia, an 18 year old girl from the Netherlands and moved to Stockholm some months ago after finishing high school. I love doing yoga and running, and I’m planning on studying Biomedicine here next year. But until then, I just enjoy learning about the Swedish way of life and getting to know the city and people a bit better!


Glenda Wozniak

Glenda Wozniak

Glenda Wozniak

I am South African mother of 2, recently relocated to Sweden to support my Swedish husband (whom I met while living in Australia) in pursuing his dream as a videographer. As Business Analyst by profession, with a background in development I have learned that I am naturally inquisitive and completely process driven; even with something as simple as booking a flight. I hope that my blogs will provide factual, balanced information I come across as we find our feet in Sweden.