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Agency rule leaves Swedish toddler 'nameless'

Published: 17 Jul 2009 16:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Jul 2009 16:17 GMT+02:00

An arbitrary rule administered by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has left a two-year-old girl nameless, and her parents with a 2000 kronor ($255) fine.

When their daughter Celina was born, Morten Schneider and Christina Cruz dutifully filled out the appropriate forms with their daughter’s name - Celina Cruz Schneider - and sent them off to have her registered with Sweden's tax authorities, the Skånska Dagbladet newspaper reports.

But the agency rejected the name they chose for their daughter because it did not comply with a rule specifying that the child must take the mother’s surname if the parents have different surnames.

According to the rule, when parents are unmarried, and have not taken a common name, it is not possible to give the child a middle name.

The father’s surname instead becomes the child’s middle name.

Thus, in the eyes of the Tax Agency, the toddler must be called Celina Schneider Cruz.

Celina’s parents have persevered, however, repeatedly sending back the form with the name they have chosen for their daughter, who turns two in September.

And each time the form is again rejected by the agency.

“Every three months we get a letter from the Tax Agency that we have to change the name order, and now we've been fined. It’s so ridiculous,” Morten Schneider told the newspaper.

Every year, Swedish tax authorities, who are charged with maintaining the country's national population registry, handle thousands of surname changes, many of which are problematic, for one reason or another.

Hundreds of these disputes go unresolved for so long that an injunctive fine is eventually issued.

In the last week alone, ten people were issued such fines just in Malmö, according to Skånska Dagbladet.

Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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17:16 July 17, 2009 by stainsbod
As stupid laws go, this is right up there.
17:26 July 17, 2009 by tillerman
Another fine example of the "granny state." Sweden's bureaucrats think they have a obligation to dictate to citizens for the greater good. With such obviously competent people looking out for us, we don't need freedom.
20:46 July 17, 2009 by moaca
I dont understand the problem, all they have to do is turn the surnames around to comply with Swedish law. Its the woman that carries and gives birth to the child and if unmarried the child will carry her name.

What wrong with that?

Dont understand why people create a load of unnecessary paperwork when they have been notified that this is the law. They probably got fined in the end for wasting tax payers money trying to force their own will through.

Cruz and Schneider, are these Swedish names?
21:15 July 17, 2009 by Gwrhyr
Moaca, I can tell you what is wrong with that. They want the freedom to name their child the way they want, and their request is not unreasonable at all.

It sounds like these arbitrary and ridiculous naming laws are costing Swedish taxpayers money, not the people who refuse to comply with them.
22:55 July 17, 2009 by enstorstark
Moaca, pretty racist comment.

Their names or whether they are Swedish or not have nothing to do with this. Of course you know that being Swedish doesn't make you blonde and blue eyed. It doesn't make you christian. And it doesn't mean you are named Johan Svensson. They could very well be SWEDISH.

I happen to be in the same situation as these two, except that I am married. Our child will be named with my wife's surname first and mine last. I hope that's ok with tax authority. If not, we would fight it in the very same way. Good for them.
23:28 July 17, 2009 by odinmp5
i dont like this..but , i think this rules some how help.

i ve seen places where there is no regualation on names, and you see kids life´s ruined because their parents are idiots who give them names like alka seltzer, 4real , osama bin satan , michael jackson gmail , and so on.
09:44 July 18, 2009 by bob3000
So @enstorstark, that is the whole point.

You are married, your child can have your name.

Even then - as it said in the article, they could choose a common name e.g. Schneider. The problem would have been solved, so they cannot even say the authorities are biased against unmarrieds.

They could have fixed this easily [1] marry [2] common name [3] take Schneider Cruz and let the child change the name later.

There is nothing more pathetic, than watching some forkwit take on bureaucracy (in any country) on a half-assed point, which is in actual fact, a mute point (see [1]-[3]).

Guess what we played mail ping pong and eventually lost. Surprise.

If we choose to live here, then we respect the laws of the host country. The Law is not an al la carte situation....not, I will live in Sweden, but I will dictate the laws that I'm willing to respect.

But honestly this is a non-story and just shows that Sweden has closed for July.
13:37 July 18, 2009 by hilt_m
lol what a strange law, I mean I can understand knocking back something stupid like pepsi or nike or some rubish but the kids fathers last name because they ain't married???? I would think the tax department would have better things to do then to stuff around with this cra-p.
13:52 July 18, 2009 by Willy
Like it or not, detailed naming laws are the norm in the western world. Countries with legal systems based on English law seem to be the exception.
13:54 July 18, 2009 by Inletwatcher
I think its a crime against the toddler.

To leave this baby nameless is horrible. What difference does it make in the whole world we share, if the parents are not married? I think some of the old time a**backwards laws need to be changed to reflect on this time. I know many many people who have very active, healthy families that are NOT married.

Guess what, they are Swedish! Oh the horror!!

If my Mom were here she could tell all of you about growing up in Alabama before blacks were allowed to use the same drinking fountains. Times are changing old moldies. Get with it or please, jump off the boat so we can make changes that are needed.

Inletwatcher
14:18 July 18, 2009 by Johno
The Local as usual starts the item off wrongly. Its hardly arbitary when it is from long established Swedish custom embedded in law. http://www.genealogi.se/roots/nwonamn.htm . As said there, in Iceland where time really has stood still, the law proscribes the original way where your first name was your given name, though changed in Sweden 100 years ago. (Interestingly the proper way to address even the Icelandic head of state is by their first name.) And the news item is so short on background, that its no surprise that the discussion so far hasnt got much further than comments on nanny state, and its a stupid law.

But to keep it terse, its how Swedish (slowly evolving) custom clashes with modern ideas and with the changes seemingly demanded by multiculturalism. Some discussion on how and how fast should changes be made might be more useful. Would no rules at all be helpful ?
14:23 July 18, 2009 by bob3000
Johno - totally agree.

It seems to have worked for a long time.
15:53 July 18, 2009 by High Priestess Kang - Slut
Slightly tangential but currently really annoying me as the new fashion in American naming conventions is leading to some truly horrific names/spellings, I thought those of you who are annoyed by those who *have* to be creative might enjoy this article.

Also - for what its worth - I didn't see Moaca's (sp) post regarding the origin of the spawn's parents as racist (or whatever...). It's long been noted that many people with non Scandinavian names have been frustrated by the fact that they may be discriminated against since they don't sound like they are from the mother land.
16:08 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
I cant really understand what this has to do with Skatteverket. Surely it should be more of a case of:

"Ok here's your 7000 kronor every month you money grabbing b#%tards now f#%k of and dont tell me what I can call my kid you interfering condescening a%&holes"

But no. In a so called "free" country there is a law which lets Mr Taxman have a say in your kids name. Jeez.

I can understand it if someone were to call there kid something really offensive. We dont really want Mr Klu Klux Svensson running arround the place now do we? But otherwise leave people alone... and get this... they fine people leaving their kid "nameless". Well its nameless coz you wouldnt let the parents call their kid a perfectly reasonable name. Fascists.

Inlet... The kid has a name... its whatever the parents chose it to be. The problem is the numbnuts at the tax office.
16:17 July 18, 2009 by Johno
Skatteverket took over keeping the population records and they are the ones who issue the personnummer to newborns. Hence they also got the job of checking for example surnames were on the approved list. (The authorities still can reject applications from people who want to change their surnames if they dont like them). Thats the system.

Now what about something constructive ...
16:27 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
What a total waste of taxpayers money. Every month some of the money I pay gets spent on this pointless waste of resourses. Hey heres an idea, get rid of the law and the meddling gits who see it implemented. The money saved could be spent on something more "constructive".

As for the dumb law itself. Well up until recently there was a law which meant shooting a welshman with a bow and arrow on the steps of a certain english church on the first saturday of each month was legal (or something like that). Well you'll never guess what! There were no incidences of archery related genocide commited in this parish in living memory (perhaps even longer). You know why?... Because it was a stupid law.

I mean really... checking to see a name is on the "approved" list... Stalin would have been proud!
16:33 July 18, 2009 by Abbie Connors
Very strange..this situation is the same as ours and we managed to get what we wanted. We are registered "sambo" and are not married. Our daughter has her father's surname. We weren't bothered about her having my surname as a middle name, so she has a regular middle name.

We knew nothing of the law about children of unmarried parents having to take the mother's surname - and we asked at Social Styrelsen when we registered my sambo as the father - and they didn't mention it.

Shame not to get this sorted for nearly 2 years. Nationality, religion etc. seem irrelevant. Skatteverket has never been consistent when we have had to deal with them over other issues - seems to be a case of the mood of the person who deals with your case...
17:33 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
I think the law makes perfect sense. If someone doesn't like it they can always get married...

Personally I think Celina Schneider Cruz sounds much better than Celina Cruz Schneider, so Skatteverket is really doing them a favour. :D
17:39 July 18, 2009 by Jasoncarter
And then, if they get married, the child has a different surname to its parents. BRILLIANT.
17:48 July 18, 2009 by MorbidMiss
It matters because by Spanish naming customs the mother's surname is supposed to go first. It is as simple as that.

I perfectly understand why not Nike, or Micheal Jackson, or Metalica... but interfering with a culturally based naming preference is just ridiculous.
18:03 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
No they don't? Then they can give their child the name they wish. It's just a matter of going down to city hall and signing a paper...

Of course, how thoughtless of us. Why aren't we more accepting of their culture? Our culture and customs are of course irrelevant. People can dislike the rule as a rule, but don't go into this "it's against our culture" bullshit, thanks. By the way, if they were "Spanish traditionalists" they would be married and not registered as sambo, so your point is moot...
18:06 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
Thing is Kaethar is that what they call their kid, whether they are married or not, what naming custom they choose to use etc. is no ones business but thier own. Not mine, not yours and certainly not the law or the taxmans.
18:11 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
Wrong.

How do you think tracing your ancestry would look like today if there was no common naming procedure? Such procedures have always existed. If a couple is married the child can take either the mother's or father's name since the fact that they are married is kept on record. But in a sambo relationship it is standard for children to take the mother's name for record-keeping. If you disagree with this you have an option - sign a marriage certificate. I don't see why people feel the need to argue about such trivial things. Your future generations will thank you for it.
18:23 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
Haha...Come on kaethar you can do better than that...

As fatuious arguements go that is a cracker. Are you really telling me that you best reason curtailing peoples freedom to name thier children is that it would make it hard to trace their ancestry? Dear oh dear.

Fortuneatly we have this thing called records... Amazingly these days we write the liniage of kids down on paper and in databases. If we need some info... well we look it up and guess what... future generations will be able to as well.

Some people have ethical or moral objections to the idea of marriage... but hey just throw these aside coz some moron says you cant name your kid the way you want to.

Please mate... do yourself a favour and engage your brain... your future generations as well as readers of this forum will thank you for it...
18:36 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
As someone who takes an interest in tracing lineage this is a major factor for me. But no, I said that it makes record-keeping easy and common naming systems have existed throughout time for this reason. You said it yourself - "Spanish naming tradition." Even though we live in a multicultural country the state (who is the record keeper for the its own citizens) needs a common naming system.

Yeah, in computer databases. Good luck with that. You're assuming that in 500 years people will this have access to the information on computer systems that we have today...

No they don't. They have an objection to the tradition of marriage. No one has a moral objection to signing a piece of paper, even if you like to believe they do for the sake of argument. If the name means that much to them they would do it.

You sound pissed. Ad hominem.
18:47 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
Well I do. For several reasons, one being I dislike the notion that you have to go through a civil process in order to state your love and commitment for someone. Thus couples who are married are seen by a rather superficial society as being better, more comitted and more in love than those who dont.

As for your geniology issue. Well I cant say that it appeals to me more than just an idle curiosity as to who my ancestors were. It certainly isnt worth me curtailing peoples freedoms in order to make my personal little hobbies a bit easier!

And yeah, I am a bit pissed off. I'm annoyed that you think that your silly pass time is more important than other peoples freedoms...

Tell you what. You name your kids according to some silly and arcaic legal quirk so that Kaethar the 22nd can quickly locate you on his family tree and leave the rest of us to exercise the thing called freedom that so many of my ancesters have fought to achieve...
19:00 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
You have to go through a process to become sambo as well...

You sure this is Sweden we're talking about?

And herein lies the problem. Your view that a standard naming system "curtails peoples freedoms."

Archaic? No, this is a modern rule. In the past the state didn't recognise sambos, for a start... Back in the day a son would be given their dad's name as a last name with - son at the end. Names were later standardised and passed on through the father. Today both married men and women can pass down their names and sambos pass down the mothers name. Easy.

Next you'll be quoting the American constitution.
19:05 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
Jeez... it just not worth the effort...
19:10 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
Let's just agree to disagree then. Clearly we disagree on what "infringes on peoples rights" so this conversation won't go anywhere...
19:34 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
Its not about agreeing or diagreeing. When you have a kid, one of the nicest bits is chooing togther with your partner what you want them to be called. To an extent it reflects the parents personallity and hopes for the new born child.

To have some idiot telling you what you can and cant call your kid because it makes their hobby a little bit easier is offensive as it means theat the aforementioned idiot believes easing his hobby is of greater value than the parents freedom to name their own child. Your best arguement is negated by the idea (maybe your mother did not instill this one into you) to mind your own f%&king (yes, I'm swearing alot today) business.

The fact this is a law is the shocking thing. By the way another system of standardised nameing was introduced by another famous government. I wont let on as to who they were, but their leader didnt shave his top lip and wasnt popular at sinagogues...
20:24 July 18, 2009 by Kaethar
No, this is definitely about agreeing or disagreeing. What you just wrote is your opinion, not absolute truth. To me this is not a matter of "infringement of freedom." Surnames are passed down through generations and this is hardly a life-altering decision. There is a way for these parents to put the names in the order they want and if they don't want to take that route that's their own problem. You can whine about how this takes away from your freedom all you want - something which I personally find very offensive considering how many people in the world are lacking actual freedom.

Hitler apparently improved Germany's infrastructure too, which we clearly should avoid doing because Hitler did it. Your posts reek of post-colonial mentality. Where are you from? (I'm actually interested)
21:36 July 18, 2009 by Johno
I have disagreed strongly with Kaethar in the past but here Kaethars view is more reasonable. Some of this is protecting the kids rights. Not to have a stupid or outlandish name for example. Its not just about parents rights.

And this is the biggest load of opinionated rubbish I've seen for a while. Hobby ? Mind your own business ? Thats does not even come close to arguing your case.
22:02 July 18, 2009 by Jamtjim
So what would you call amateur geniology then Johno?

I would accept that there is an arguement to stop people calling their kids something really wierd or what could cause them problems in thier lives.

As for mind your own business... that holds a a perfectly reasonable arguement. Look i dont care if you like collecting stamps, growing tomatoes or sticking ketchup bottles up your bottom. If it doesnt effect me or harm anyone else... knock yourself out. Kaethars arguement that the freedom to name your kid what you want should be certailed as it would make his geniology research (or hobby) harder is about as vacuous and downright stupid as anything I have seen for a while.

If you follow this rather facile logic, you would end up banning just about everything. Without wanting to mix treads, but I like for example to point out the stupidity of religious belief but hey, that makes it harder for the god squad to brainwash people into supernatural hokus pokus. So hey ... why not impinge on my freedom of speech and ban me...

In general, we should refrain from controling and limiting people and thier choices especially if these choices neither hurt or effect anyone else. If you went round to someones home and told them they couldnt call their kid ...i dont know.. Fred.. because you didnt like the name you would probably get what you deserved... a punch on the nose. So you hide behind a silly but nevertheless zealously enforced law... its pathetic and cowardly.
23:12 July 18, 2009 by Loonyman
All very Strange, Myself and my Sambo have 2 Children, with My surname, and each with 1 English and 1 Swedish middle name, no problems, we just filled in the forms and off we went.

Saying that, if I had been told the Kids couldn't have had my Surname, I too would have played merry hell, so I don't blame these Parents for doing so also. Its a bloody stupid archaic law, which obviously is not upheld consistently, and as such should be done away with as soon as possible.
00:14 July 19, 2009 by Gwrhyr
The specifics of this particular case are completely reasonable, it is not hurting the child to have the name the way the parents want it. It's reasonable for them to protest this as well, as there won't be any change if people don't protest it.

Why do some people always insist that The Law is Perfect and Unchangable and Given to us From Our Esteemed Forebears For Our Own Benefit?

With that type of attitude there would be no gay marriage in Sweden today, women wouldn't vote, etc.

To be "offended" that someone would feel like their freedom is being impinged by this law just because there are places with less freedoms than Sweden is ridiculous. Law and society never stop changing and to suggest that people should just sit back and say nothing when they feel their freedoms are being trampled on is unrealistic. Luckily, people never do that, and in so doing create a more vibrant society.
00:38 July 19, 2009 by Kaethar
I would say it negatively affects the system thereby hurting everyone else in the system. If you don't have any form of order you may as well scrap the records alltogether. But that's the joy of anarchy, ey? =P Welcome to the world of bureaucracy where to get what you want you may have to sign an extra form.

No, there won't be change if people don't protest - and most people don't. You have every right to complain about it all you want just as I have every right to disagree with you.

Laws change throughout time, as has this one. Could it be that most people in Sweden see no problem with this law?

You find it ridiculous, but I don't. And this is because, again, I do not consider this story a case of "infringement on freedoms."
00:42 July 19, 2009 by Jamtjim
So naming your kid what you want to "hurts" society... you really are a wally! C'mon mate give it up youre just being silly now...

Society is full of violence, war, drug abuse, dishonesty, unfairness, pain, suffering , starvation and you are bothered that someone calls their kid Celina Schneider Cruz instead of Celina Cruz Schneider. Crawl back under whichever rock you previouisly gibbered under..

In the mean time more reasoned and dare i say it intelligent folk will see just how f&%king (yep did it again) stupid this law and its misguided supporters are and at least comprehend the idea of change.
02:20 July 19, 2009 by Kaethar
Yep, in the big picture it hurts society since it hurts the way in which society functions. Silly? Not at all. I'm conscious about the fact that the world does not revolve around me and my wants.

No, I'm not bothered by it at all - you are. You are making it your problem by disagreeing with the given standard. Whilst you're off protesting that I'll be off protesting against the violence, drug abuse, dishonesty, unfairness, pain, suffering , and starvation in Swedish society.

Like I said - clearly this is a difference of opinion. If you feel strongly about it go ahead and fight for it but don't expect it to be a given that everyone will agree with you.
10:28 July 19, 2009 by rattyrain
In responding to person that claiming that the law does help when ancestor tracing people in the future won't have access to our present databases, when a change will occur, people will move the former information to the new system, making ancestor tracing very easily done. If they will make this traditional and common naming practise not law any more, then it will not attack the traditions, it will only allow people to set the name of their child how they would please. It is very ethnocentric to saying that to follow Swedish names traditions makes easier genealogy; isn't a part of genealogy taking for account where a family was from? Overall, I do not say that the traditions are bad, I just saying that to forcing it on other people is not in their place. And to end, the reason of the government must probably not be to ancestor tracing; they have records and will use them if needed.
13:10 July 19, 2009 by Kaethar
You mean like they've done in the past? [/sarcasm] Do you realise how long that would take and how many resources you'd need? My point was that computer systems are fragile and do crash from time to time. How do you know it's simply a matter of "transferring information" when these systems get old?

You've got to be kidding me... No, it's ethno-centric to demand your name fit "Spanish naming traditions" in Sweden. This rule applies to all Swedish citizens and it's anything but ethno-centric. If you take on Swedish citizenship you belong to the Swedish state and you are their responsibility.

Swedish citizens are all from Sweden. Obviously. When you trace ancestry you go by nationality and official documents belonging to each state - not by ethnicity.

Yes it is. You might disagree with it because it is their place. This is Sweden - before becoming a citizen you should be aware of the rules we have within this country and realise that the state has a lot of control here.
13:24 July 19, 2009 by PINGPONG
what are you talking about , im not married and have a son in sweden with my surname and a middle name , his mother name is andersson all it says about andersson on his birthcert is , she his mother , i must be special or something , i did,nt have any problems , and i believe a child should always take his father name , first name surname and a middle name , that dont match his mothers , tell me am i missing something here ??????????????????
16:40 July 19, 2009 by Kaethar
Are you a Swedish citizen?

17:03 July 19, 2009 by Ragin Cajun
Something seems a bit off with this...

Our two children have my last name as the surname while my sambo’s in the middle, just like the parents in the article and was approved by Skatteverket.The child is allowed to have the fathers surname at the end in Sweden.
19:56 July 19, 2009 by PINGPONG
no im not a swedish citizen ...and i dont want to be ..but my country has been an eu member for 36 years , my swedish girlfriend has her name and personnel number on the childs birthcert and my name is on it with with just my date of birth , they just put 4 zero,s after my date of birth , because i did,nt have a swedish personnel number at that time , so for example we say his name is john michael hennessy , andersson his mother name does,nt come into it , and even if it did , the child has dual citizenship in sweden and my country ,and i can name him whatever i choose where i come from , you can open a private offlience and sell beer and you can also open a private betting shop for gambling , we are more liberal , i just find this artical amazing , jesus christ , whether i have swedish citizenship or not ..... this story is saying , if your not married and your child is born in sweden , it has to take the mothers name , lol , b u l l s h i t
20:05 July 19, 2009 by Puffin
All you have to do to take the father's if you are not married is for the father to sign the paper that you get from the kommun where he accepts paternity of the child - then there will be no problem.

Sounds as though this couple didn't get their paperwork in order
20:28 July 19, 2009 by PINGPONG
exactly puffin ,i totally agree with you , just as i did , i signed the pappers and my swedish woman also , and then got 2 copys of the birthcert , true the post , hassle free , so simply ..................
21:52 July 19, 2009 by Pacey
Call the kid 'nameless' or 'Skatteverkt'!!!
08:41 July 22, 2009 by Hello-Kitty
Well I got at comment or 2.

The names might sound foreign but they are both Danish. And even though they weren't it wouldn't have anything to do in the matter of the little girl's name. That's just plain ignorance to blur out such a comment, but anyway back to the case!

They are married end they were married before she was born in Denmark. So the reason why they don't want to change the name is obvious, it's their right to call their baby girl Celina Cruz Schneider.

I don't get the Swedish government, is this really that much of a problem?

I'm now considering moving, because if that is a big problem life must just be wonderful in Sweden!

//Me
08:48 July 22, 2009 by kmbr
"Ok here's your 7000 kronor every month you money grabbing b#%tards now f#%k of and dont tell me what I can call my kid you interfering condescening a%&holes"

Love it!
13:23 July 22, 2009 by Streja
Spanish customs says that the FATHER'S surname goes first, not the mother's surname. Thought I'd make that clear.
20:34 July 22, 2009 by Hello-Kitty
True, but they are Danish living in Sweden so your point is?
23:22 July 22, 2009 by Puffin
This has nothing to do with nationality but is to do with filling out the correct paperwork - in Sweden a child automatically follows the mother's name if the parents have different names. It is perfectly possible for the child to have its father's name but then an additional paper must be signed and returned within 3 months - a paternit paper (faderskap)

As long as they fill in the fadarskaps paperwork from the kommun there will be no problem registering the father's name on the birth certificate whether they come from Denmark or outer Mongolia.

Given that they are Danish there should really be no problem understanding paragraph 1 of the Swedish Name Law that states where parents have different names the child can be registered in the father's name if the father signs the paternity paper - but if they don't submit the papers within three months then the child is automatically registered in the mother's name

http://www.notisum.se/rnp/SLS/LAG/19820670.htm
00:26 July 23, 2009 by rattyrain
With the advent of the internet and sophisticated network, transferring information is not as a challenge as it used to be, unless their Swedes have worse computers than we do here, that I doubt of highly.

I never said about Spanish naming systems. And to demand an arbitrary aspect of one's life (as all names are truly just for identification) to follow a tradition (even the if it is the national tradition) is to conform someone to "what they're not used to" (I don't know of it in the word for English), which will naturally result in defiance.

Is there not naturalization?

I am not saying that the government is going beyond their legal rights (which is surely not the case), but I am of mind that no one has a right to regulate names, because it is completely pointless, and a wasting of time. Although many people probably don't try to go against the government in these manners, as these family has done, it makes no sense to enforce such laws. But, this is coming from some one in a free country—a truly free country where there is not police and government where I life—so why does any of this matter? We get along fine without to worrying about names. Maybe the government should be more like the the Norther Korea—if someone disagrees, kill them. It would set a good example.
00:30 July 23, 2009 by rattyrain
Well then, it's just a case of stupid parents.
12:34 July 23, 2009 by Streja
Read the whole thread. I think you missed the person who brought Spanish naming laws up.
23:31 July 24, 2009 by rattyrain
Now I fully understand the situation. Am I correct in saying that since they did not fill out the correct paperwork, then it's entirely their fault?.
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The majority of Swedes feel the country's political parties are not doing enough to inform them about the upcoming European Parliament elections. Only two of the eight parties have dedicated their homepages to the May 25th polls. READ () »

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Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders
Swedish police on the scene following Monday's fatal brawl. File: TT

Local church tried to stop Norrköping murders

The Syrian-Orthodox Church in Ektorp had tried to quell tensions between two rival families just hours before bad blood spilled into a massive brawl and two brothers lost their lives. READ () »

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'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'
The bridge that connects Sweden to the European continent. File: L.E. Daniel Larsson/Flickr

'Foreigners don't need to show banks Swedish ID'

The Swedish agency that helps Europeans fight impediments to the EU principle of free movement has revealed an increase in complaints, including one from a foreign citizen unable to open a bank account in Sweden. READ () »

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Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip
Sanna Nielsen in the new clip. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Pig heart shatters in Sweden's Eurovision clip

Sweden's Eurovision hopeful Sanna Nielsen released the official video for the song Undo on Wednesday, a clip featuring leather, slow motion destruction, and a frozen pig's heart and some violence. READ () »

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service. READ () »

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Swedish zoo fire 'kills only the spiders'

Twenty-five fire fighters were on hand on Wednesday night when a fire broke out in a southern Sweden animal park. The vast majority of the animals were unharmed, but the cluster of spiders wasn't so lucky. READ () »

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