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Sweden's tax agency rejects 'Prince' name change

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Sweden's tax agency rejects 'Prince' name change
A man's royal name change was rejected. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT
16:49 CEST+02:00
A Swedish man's bid to have his name changed to 'Prinsen' – 'The Prince' – has been rejected because it is "inappropriate" as a first name.

The 26-year-old man in Västerås, central Sweden, filed his name change application with the Swedish tax authorities Skatteverket, reported regional newspaper VLT.

But they turned him down, replying: "This word is inappropriate as a first name because it is not a word associated with a name. Your application is therefore not approved."

According to Statistics Sweden, there are 99 men in Sweden called Prins as their main given name, and 413 men called Prince in English as one of their middle names. Three men in Sweden do actually have Prinsen as a middle name, but none of them have it as their main given name, according to the database.

The Västerås man is not the first one whose royal name change has been rejected. A Swedish man's bid to have 'His Majesty' added to his name was turned down in 2011 because it could lead to "misunderstandings".

Another man did get to add 'King' to his name – an idea he came up with after a long night out – six years ago. But the Stockholmer, King Oliver, told The Local last year that his family "still calls (him) Oliver".

Sweden's name law states that names are not allowed if they can cause offence, be presumed to cause discomfort for the individual or for some other reason are unsuitable.

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