Sunday, April 8, 2007

Blue Sweden Shoes

From the BBC:
Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with the country's National Tax Authority about naming their daughter after the rock band.

The six-month-old has been baptised Metallica, but tax officials have dubbed the name "inappropriate".

Under Swedish law, both first names and surnames need to win the approval of authorities before they can be used.

Offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate names, as well as those that could "cause discomfort for the one using it" cannot be used.
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Baby Metallica is not the first Swedish child to fall foul of Swedish name laws - the names Ikea and Veranda have also been rejected in the past.

The name Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 - pronounced Albin - was also rejected by authorities in 1996. The boy's parents had chosen the name as a protest against Swedish naming laws.

But, the name Google managed to pass muster in 2005, when Oliver Google Kai was named by his parents, search engine expert Kelias Kai and his wife Carol.
It seems that Sweden is a bit of an authoritarian country, but on the other hand, their people do not seem to be smart enough to live without the stern hand of the father state. Of course, as an American, perhaps I should not speak so harshly. Between our black minorities, hippies, and celebrities, not to mention general unaffiliated incompetents, we are a nation leading in terrible children's names.

I'm pretty sure white Americans are the only ones who name their children Dakota. Note to parents: Dakota is a former territory that was divided into two states. Also, some Sioux refer to themselves as Dakota. Now you've done it, eh? Named your children after some ethnic riff-raff. Now your little ones will get nothing but taunts and diseased blankets in school. I hope you're happy.

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