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10 Reasons Why I'm Happy I Was Born in Sweden

 
Happy National Day of Sweden! 🇸🇪 
 
We Swedes are extremely bad at celebrating our national day, most of us do not even know why we have one. It might not be so odd since June 6 only been Swedens national day since 1983, and a public holiday since 2005 which might explain why we still haven't got the hang of it. I think we have to look at our neighbors Norway to see how a proper national day should be celebrated ;)
 
I would still like to take this opportunity and write a post about my wonderful home country since I think it deserves some extra love and celebration today. I know that I complain a lot about Sweden during the winter months and make fun of how stiff we are to strangers, but I would never wish that I've been born somewhere else.
Here are 10 reasons why I'm happy I was born in Sweden:
 
 
1. You can travel to 176 countries without a visa with a Swedish passport
Only people from Germany can travel to more countries than us (177, to be exact).
 
2. Education in Sweden is completely free
We also get free food when we're there and a grant every month.
 
3. Same-sex marriage is legal in Sweden
And same-sex couples are also allowed to adopt.
 
4. Swedes are bilingual since we learn both Swedish and English in school from a young age
We also put subtitles on English movies and TV-shows instead of dub them like many other European countries do.
 
5. Sweden has a day in October where we celebrate the cinnamon roll
Enough said.
 
 
 
6. Sweden has a feminist government and takes gender equality seriously
According to the European Institute for Gender Equality, Sweden has the best gender equality in Europe. 
 
7. Everyone is allowed to have 5 weeks of vacation each year
Of these, you are entitled to a four-week continuous vacation during June-August.
 
8. Sweden has "Allemansrätten" which is the right of public access to nature
This means that everyone has the right to camp and roam freely in nature as well as pick wild berries, flowers etc.
 
9. 99% of Swedens waste gets recycled
We take climate change seriously and every household recycles their own waste.
 
10. Sweden has a good reputation abroad
Just being a Swede have solved a lot of problems while I've been traveling.
 
 
"Sweden has it all: high-quality exports, a tolerant society, low crime, beautiful cities to visit, a high standard of living, a mild climate, and a strong sense of business. Sweden received the highest marks among all countries for perception of an effective government and ranked second among respondents for appealing environment and its advanced economy. It is seen by many as safe and welcoming." - Business Sweden
 
 

Blog of the Week + Nominated to Open World Awards

 
Today I got two amazing news about Wanderlust by Jona!
 
First of all, my blog has gotten the title "Blog of the Week"!
It's my blog portal Blogg.se that has chosen my blog as their Blog of the Week which is just such an honour! I was actually doubting on staying on Blogg.se when I decided to start writing in English instead of Swedish since its a Swedish blog portal, but I'm so happy that I've stayed since I just love the community of this portal! Thank you very much, Blogg.se!
 
As a part of becoming Blog of the Week, Blogg.se did an interview with me (in Swedish) that you can read by pressing here.
 
Second of all, I've been nominated to Momondo Open World Awards in two categories!
Momondo Open Awards is a competition for influencers that inspire others with their passion and curiosity for travel. My blog (wanderlustbyjona.com) has been nominated in the category "Blog" and my Instagram (@wanderlustbyjona) has been nominated in the category "Photography". It would mean so much to me if you take a minute of your life to vote for me! 
 
Press here to vote for me in the category "Blog".
Press here to vote for me in the category "Photography".
 
THANK YOU! 
 

How to Get 10k Instagram Followers in 3 Months

 
This Monday, I woke up with the news that my Instagram account has reached 10 000 followers. How crazy is that?
 
I have had Instagram for a couple of years but mostly used it to follow my friends and share some photos taken with my phone on the go. I wrote in Swedish and had around 250 followers when I in September 2017 thought that I should use my Instagram more as a portfolio for my company as a photographer and deleted all old phone photos and started to post photographs taken with my camera and write in English. Since I work with photographing everything from interior to weddings (and still wanted to share some photos from my travels) it all just became a blissful mix of everything. I gained around 1000 followers when I'm in January 2018 decided to make a big change - again.
 
I started this blog and ones again decided to rebrand my Instagram and this time only focus on travelling and Wanderlust by Jona was born. Since you unlock a couple of "secret" settings when you reach 10 000 followers on Instagram it's been sort of a goal for me to get there, but I could never imagine it going so fast! So there you have my background story of how I reached 10 000 followers on Instagram. The title to this post is not one hundred percent true, but I thought it sounded better than "how to rebrand your Instagram a couple of times before you gain around 9000 followers in two months and one week", haha. As a big thank you to all of you who have supported me, I would like to share some tips that I have found useful on my way to 10k.
 
 
 
Be active
Follow accounts you find interesting, like pictures you like and comment what you think. You can have the most amazing Instagram account ever, but no one is going to follow it unless they can find it. So spread some love around and it will come back to you, I promise!
 
Use hashtags
No, #love and #girl won't probably give you any more followers but do some investigations and logical thinking about what hashtags you can use. When I went to Amsterdam I searched for #amsterdambrunch to find good brunch places and #amsterdamview to find good lookout spots. There are also a lot of accounts on Instagram that just share other peoples content if you use their hashtag, which can be an amazing opportunity to be seen by their followers. Two I often use is #gohypetravel and #travelbabygirl.
 
Tag accounts in your photos
Tagging is not only just for showing who is in your photo. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of accounts that share other peoples content and I often tag them in my photos. Tags are a great way to be seen by the account you tag since your photo basically ends up in their profile. I also tag accounts like @visitsweden if my photo is taken in Sweden or @fjallraven if I wear a piece of clothing from the brand Fjällräven in my photo.
 
 
 
Don't be too universal
There millions of accounts on Instagram and you have to find that thing that makes YOU special. Being universal works for a few people, but most people simply press the "unfollow" bottom when the content gets too confusing and you can't know what the account is about. Are you a horse girl? Focus on that. Do you like working out? Make your account about healthy food and weightlifting. Do you like fashion? Have your account filled with awesome outfits! Don't confuse your followers, stay clear in what type of account you have.
 
Plan your feed
I'm using an app called UNUM where you simply can plan how your feed will look. I try not to post two pictures that look alike to close to each other and try to follow the same colour scheme. How you plan your feed is up to you but I promise you it helps if you can see how it will look before you post your latest photo.
 
Write in English
My native language is Swedish and I have to say that I'm at least ten times more comfortable writing in Swedish than in English, but I have still chosen to have my social media accounts in English. Why? Because of simple statistics. There are about ten million people speaking Swedish, while there are one billion people speaking English in the world - so it's so much easier to reach out in a language that most people understand.
 
 
 
Use Insta Stories
We have all heard about the algorithm om Instagram that only makes around 10% of your followers see your latest post in their feed. It's a lot of mathematics behind it and I'm not getting into that right now, but the thing you need to know that all of your followers won't even see your photo so I'm always posting in my Insta Story when a new post is up - both on Instagram and on the blog.
 
Post when your followers are active
If you have a business profile on Instagram you can see statistics over what time your followers are most active - and most likely to like your post. I always try to post around 3pm-6pm since that's the time most of my followers are active.

Do it because you want to
The moment you feel that you HAVE to post a picture on Instagram is the moment you lose the joy in it. Social Media should be fun and it is always so clear when someone posts something just to post it, and not put any effort into it. Have fun while doing it and your halfway there.
 
My Instagram is @wanderlustbyjona, what is yours?
 
 
 
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