I was at the bedside of my sick friend at the hospital. She was not getting any better.


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A moment later I was in the cafeteria. Looking for something to drink. But I couldn't find that soda I had noticed in the ads.

It was sold out. I clenched my teeth, cursed and stamp on the floor. But hey - did I cry over soda water?

Yeah, sure I did. And that was where my blog idea was born. Since then I have illustrated about 250 first world problems for people all over the world.

How does it work? People send me their problems, I let my followers vote on which one I shall pick, then I draw.

In 2016 I discovered that Taylor Swift used my name, Nils Sjöberg, as a pseudonym when writing pop songs with Calvin Harris. Definitely a first world problem. I illustrated it and it went crazy viral. In 2017 Taylor Swift buried me in her new video. I illustrated it again. And once again it went viral.

In September the blog turns five years and that's about it, the time has come to move on with another project.

Until then, I will keep illustrating first world problems and would be happy to receive more suggestions.

Scroll down for some examples!

More info: nilsfirstworldproblems.tumblr.com

#1 The Dentist Asks Me Questions While His Fingers Are In My Mouth

The Dentist Asks Me Questions While His Fingers Are In My Mouth

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Daria B 4 months ago

The funny thing is, they actually understand what you are "saying". ♥

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#2 Taylor Swift Buried Me (Nils Sjöberg) In Her New Music Video

Taylor Swift Buried Me (Nils Sjöberg) In Her New Music Video

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Guacharaco 4 months ago

Request your royalties!

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#3 I Stepped On A Wet Patch On The Floor. Now I Have To Change Socks

I Stepped On A Wet Patch On The Floor. Now I Have To Change Socks

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Bored Office Girl 4 months ago

The worst. I swear our cats spill their water dishes on purpose!

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#4 I Accidentally Turned On My Front-Face Camera

I Accidentally Turned On My Front-Face Camera

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Kayla Welch 4 months ago

Sometimes I scare myself when I do this

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#5 My Smartphone Is Too Big For My Pocket

My Smartphone Is Too Big For My Pocket

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

Clothes makers lagging behind the times! Bigger pockets please!

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#6 The Banana Doesn't Fit In My Banana Case

The Banana Doesn't Fit In My Banana Case

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Kayla Welch 4 months ago

But, bananas come in their own natural casing.

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#7 The Guy Next To Me Occupies The Armrest At The Cinema

The Guy Next To Me Occupies The Armrest At The Cinema

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Laugh Fan 4 months ago

It's the seat-makers fault. Whoever thought that one armrest between two people was a good idea?

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#8 Taylor Swift Uses My Name (Nils Sjöberg) As An Alias When She Produces Pop Songs

Taylor Swift Uses My Name (Nils Sjöberg) As An Alias When She Produces Pop Songs

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Emma B 4 months ago

Apparently, when you're famous, real people don't matter.

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#9 I Have To Keep Holding On To The Hood Of My Coat When It Snows

I Have To Keep Holding On To The Hood Of My Coat When It Snows

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Coco! 4 months ago

Which is what the pull strings are for. So you can hide in the shell

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#10 A Guy At The Gym Chose The Locker Below Mine, Even Though All Others Were Free

A Guy At The Gym Chose The Locker Below Mine, Even Though All Others Were Free

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C 4 months ago

omg the abs

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