World of the Bizarre
'Vladimir Putin' is a banned name in Sweden
By T.K. Randall
September 18, 2021 · 6 comments
The name 'Vladimir Putin' is practically non-existent in Sweden. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Kremlin.ru
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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