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Tax agency: 'Divorce to change name'

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post 15.Nov.2011, 04:28 PM
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Swedish name laws have been slammed as "ridiculous" after a couple in Örebro in central Sweden were told the best way to ensure they all share one family name would be to get divorced.

Jenny Stagsegel Johansson and Henrik Johansson, from Sköllersta outside Örebro in central Sweden, are exasperated after trying to convince the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to let all family members have the same name.

When their first child, Tuva, was born, the couple were not married and so Tuva was called Stagsegel as a middle name or "mellannamn" - a uniquely Swedish construction that equates to a secondary surname - and Johansson as family name.

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BrittInSweden
post 15.Nov.2011, 05:18 PM
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Middle names aren't uncommon in other countries but rather it is part of their first name and not their surname, so why not just call the new sprog; Neo Stagsegel as his first and middle name with Johansson as its surname.
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JulieLou40
post 15.Nov.2011, 06:04 PM
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I have a feeling that the bureaucratic bar stewards would put paid to that also. Bloody ridiculous!
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matona1
post 15.Nov.2011, 07:07 PM
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the law makers were drunk when the law was made,IMAGINE no single sence in that
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axiom
post 15.Nov.2011, 08:29 PM
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I cannot understand why there is a naming law ???
With the exception of naming your child something cruel like "Lucifer" or "Satan" why should the law dictate the name a child can have as either first middle or last.
Ok perhaps they could argue that the last name must be of one of the parents'
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dizzymoe33
post 15.Nov.2011, 10:00 PM
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What a joke!!!!
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roberzo
post 16.Nov.2011, 01:09 AM
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@axiom
Naming laws exist everywhere. They change with time too, so they aren't able do this now but they could be in the future.
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Indignerad
post 16.Nov.2011, 12:52 PM
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She has a rare, unusual name... and he has the most common surname in Sweden. And they take HIS name. What?
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jacksonjerry
post 20.Nov.2011, 12:46 AM
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haha this is typical Swedish comedy
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