The first child to be born in Iceland this year arrived at five minutes past midnight on January 1 at the Hreiðrið delivery room at Landspítali national hospital in Reykjavík. The baby boy is the second child to Katarzyna and Lukasz Zemanek, who are of Polish origin.
Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.
Katarzyna told mbl.is that she is happy about being the mother of the first new Icelandic resident in 2012 as January 1 is a special day, albeit admitting that it was a strange experience to be giving birth with all the fireworks exploding outside.
Mother and child were in good health and so the family was able to return home at noon yesterday. The happy parents are considering naming their newborn Sylvester—the Polish word for New Year’s Eve. They also like Jan, RÚV reports.
The couple moved to Iceland from Scotland two years ago. They have another son, who is now two and a half years old.