In Sweden, parents are required to communicate the names of their newborn children to Skatteverket within the first three months of birth.
A Swedish couple, who live in the city of Laholm, has been banned by the country’s tax agency, Skatteverket, from giving the name of Vladimir Putin to his son – the same name as the Russian President.
Rejection is the result of applying the Names Law, first enacted in 1982 and updated in 2017, which lists names and nicknames banned in the country.
Parents are required to report the names of their newborn children to Skatteverket within the first three months of birth. According to Swedish rules, first names must not be offensive or cause discomfort or other problems for the carrier. They are also not allowed to resemble aliases.
According to the The Independent, these measures apply not only to newborns, but also to adults who wish to change their first name.
In this specific case, the couple don’t know which of the principles led to the rejection of the name Vladimir Putin, as Skatteverket did not comment on the matter. You now have three months to register a new name for your child with the supervisory authorities.
According to the Statistics Sweden, 1,413 men are named Vladimir in Sweden. However, it appears that fewer than two (or none) have the Putin nickname.
Other rejected names include Allah, Q, Ford and Pilzner. Metallica and Google are some of those who circumvented the law.