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Wanted in Sweden: portly, older men with beards

David Landes · 17 Nov 2010, 15:34

Published: 17 Nov 2010 15:34 GMT+01:00

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"We're looking for older, rotund men who can act as Santa Claus during weekends during Advent, as well as in the days leading up to Christmas Eve," reads an ad published Thursday on the website of Sweden's Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Duties specified in the advert include "sitting in a sleigh" at a number of shopping centres around Sweden.

A representative from the company that placed the announcement, Teaterbolaget

Eventsupporten in Brottby, 30 kilometres north of Stockholm, told The Local on Wednesday afternoon that applications have been flowing in.

"We've already received a huge number of applications. We're interviewing people right now, so we don't really have time to talk," he said.

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The advert explains that the company can provide applicants with Santa suits, as well as beards, "but if you have your own, that's just fine."

The closing day for applications is December 16th.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:34 November 17, 2010 by Swedesmith
This is sexual discrimination! What about portly, older women with beards?
16:37 November 17, 2010 by bchamlagai
can the old man do this job?
16:43 November 17, 2010 by facetedjewel
I thought Jultomten looked and dressed more like garden gnomes.
16:53 November 17, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
How about Ahmed, the bearded old rotund guy next door?

What´s the difference anyway?
19:53 November 17, 2010 by Coalbanks
Sounds like a job that I am well qualified for. Send work permit & plane tickets, please! HA! oops! Make that; Ho, Ho, Ho!
20:17 November 17, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Is this seasonal work? Do you get to fly around the world? How many presents must you deliver per hour? How many little workers have you got under you? Who looks after the reindeer? All unanswered questions.. ;)
04:24 November 18, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
I wouldn't dress up as a symbol of Christianity in sweden either.
18:09 November 19, 2010 by BigBilly
It's a CocaCola advert.
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