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Thursday, April 05, 2007

What's in a name...

A couple of Swedes want to call their newborn 'Metallica'. Chortle. Poor bloody child. What's interesting about the story, though, is that, apparently, Swedish people have to get "the approval" of the country's authorities before they're allowed to pick their own name or that of their child. EH?

"A Swedish couple has run into trouble with authorities for trying to name their baby Metallica.
Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with the country's National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band.
The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials have dubbed the name "inappropriate".
Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.
Offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate names, as well as those that could "cause discomfort for the one using it" cannot be used."

Good Christ. And there we were thinking that New Labour runs a nannying state system.
Tell you what, though, I'm delighted to see that Swedish folk have a jolly sense of humour:

"Baby Metallica is not the first Swedish child to fall foul of Swedish name laws - the names Ikea and Veranda have also been rejected in the past.
The name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 - pronounced Albin - was also rejected by authorities in 1996. The boy's parents had chosen the name as a protest against Swedish naming laws."

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