List of approved names

A girl in Sweden Iceland is suing the government to get her name approved. It’s not on the list of approved names, and so on official documents, she’s named as ‘girl’. I guess the government does what it needs to do to prevent parents naming their babies Hashtag.

Like a handful of other countries, including Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. In a country comfortable with a firm state role, most people don’t question the Personal Names Register, a list of 1,712 male names and 1,853 female names that fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules and that officials maintain will protect children from embarrassment. Parents can take from the list or apply to a special committee that has the power to say yea or nay.
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Given names are even more significant in tiny Iceland that in many other countries: Everyone is listed in the phone book by their first names. Surnames are based on a parent’s given name. Even the president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, is addressed simply as Olafur.

Via Alex

List of approved names

“Later made famous by The Muppets”

The film which is made up of nine segments focuses on different aspects of sexuality in Sweden such as lesbian nightclubs, porn films, swinging lifestyle of married couples and sex education of teenagers. The film also examines drug addiction, alcoholism and suicides in Sweden.

The film also featured the debut of the song “Mah Nà Mah Nà” by Piero Umiliani, later made famous by The Muppets.

Via @codinghorror / David

“Later made famous by The Muppets”