Sweden relaxes stance on weird children's names
Sweden has relaxed its rules on naming children weird things like Heineken, Mouthpad and Dubble Bubble. The country once frowned on such lapses of judgment, but, according to one official, it's no longer considered 'negative' in this day and age to name children after corporations and other oddities. I completely disagree, but George Costanza and his future child, Seven, would be happy to hear the news.
My question is why was there even a need for the stricter version of this legislation in the first place? Is there a generation of Swedes out there named Dairy Queen?
In any case, in relaxing these policies, Sweden proves to be once again the first to adopt progressive legislation. The price is that there may soon be little Budweisers running around Swedish homes.
For the complete history of Swedish naming practices, check out this link.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish authorities say parents can now name their newborns "Budweiser" or "Metallica" if they so wish.
For decades, Swedish tax authorities had banned parents from naming their children after fast food chains, rock bands or their favorite brand of beer.
But tax authority spokesman Lars Tegenfeldt says the guidelines have been relaxed. He says "there is nothing negative about a name like Coca-Cola or McDonald's today. In the 1970s, maybe it was."
Still, authorities are drawing the line at giving children swear words for names. And forget about naming your child God, Allah or Devil.