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Swedish couple banned from naming their baby 'Vladimir Putin'


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The Swedish tax agency, Skatteverket, rejected a young couple’s request to name their son Vladimir Putin, the name of the famous Russian president.

Public radio broadcaster SR recently reported the case of a couple based in Laholm, Sweden, who were banned from naming their newborn son after Russia’s president. Skatteverket didn’t explain exactly why they rejected the naming request, but according to Swedish law, names should not be offensive or risk causing problems for the bearer, nor are first names that clearly resemble surnames allowed. It wasn’t immediately clear what category “Vladimir Putin’ fell into, but the couple was forced to go for something less controversial.

https://www.odditycentral.com/news/swedish-couple-banned-from-naming-baby-vladimir-putin.html

https://www.thelocal.se/20210910/swedish-parents-told-they-cant-name-their-baby-vladimir-putin/

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They can always try "Kermit the frog"

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4 hours ago, third_eye said:

They can always try "Kermit the frog"

I got a bit curious so I just searched at https://www.skatteverket.se/privat/folkbokforing/namn/bytaefternamn/sokhurmangasomharettvisstnamn.4.515a6be615c637b9aa413027.html#!/ .

I can see that 2 persons in Sweden are named "Grodan" (Swedish for "the Frog") as first name. Also, I can see that 45 persons in Sweden are named Kermit as first name.

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6 hours ago, fred_mc said:

I got a bit curious so I just searched...

Yeah, I heard from a pal too...

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12 hours ago, third_eye said:

Yeah, I heard from a pal too...

:tu:

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Yes, you can find a lot of funny things if you search for names, for example the crocodile Jena/Gena, and the character Drutten (Tjeburasjka in Russian), were huge children's characters in Sweden in the 1970s (the characters come from the Soviet Union). I can see that 1 person in Sweden is named Krokodilen (the Crocodile), 43 Jena (+18 as last name), 35 Gena, and 5 Drutten.

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