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'Vladimir Putin' is a banned name in Sweden

By T.K. Randall
September 18, 2021 · Comment icon 6 comments

The name 'Vladimir Putin' is practically non-existent in Sweden. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0
A couple in Sweden have been officially banned from naming their newborn baby after the Russian leader.
We've seen a lot of cases of strange names over the years, from a couple in Indonesia who named their newborn son 'Statistical Information Communication Office' to a man in the UK who got so bored with his existing name that he decided to have it officially changed to 'Bacon Double Cheeseburger'.

In Sweden, however, things are a lot more strict - as evidenced by a story this week of a couple who wanted to name their son 'Vladimir Putin' but were told by authorities that it wasn't permitted.

Even though the Russian leader's name is nothing out of the ordinary, Swedish tax agency Skatteverket - which requires couples to report the names of their newborns - has some strict rules when it comes to what is considered acceptable.
These rules forbid names that are offensive or that could cause problems for the individual in later life.

Presumably the reason for the ban in this case is more likely to be the latter than the former.

Other examples of banned names in Sweden include Ford, Allah, Pilzner and Q.

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Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
They can always try "Kermit the frog" ~ 
Comment icon #2 Posted by fred_mc 3 years ago
I got a bit curious so I just searched at!/ . 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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by godnodog 3 years ago
Valdemir da Pudding
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
Yeah, I heard from a pal too... ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by fred_mc 3 years ago
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.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Wepwawet 3 years ago
There's a song to go with this type of story  

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