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Iceland Has 91 Princesses and Seven Princes

According to the Icelandic online phone book, ja.is, 91 princesses and seven princes reside in the country, along with a few geniuses, aliens, queens, lords, counts, playboys, party lions, witches, cat whisperers and broom specialists.

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A screenshot from ja.is.

“We follow the simple rule that as long as the job title or title isn’t offensive and doesn’t refer to prostitution, racism or violence, it goes in,” explained editor of ja.is Gudrún María Gudmundsdóttir to Morgunbladid.

She added that it is also made sure that people don’t use legally protected job titles, such as lawyer or physician, without having the appropriate education.

“We enjoy seeing how inventive people are in these matters,” Gudmundsdóttir said, mentioning titles such as turtle whisperer, cucumber specialist, bread topping specialist, soap bubble specialist and vampire specialist.

Troubadour Svavar Knútur does not call himself a musician in the phone book but rather a marquis and an esthete.

“My friends and I were joking some years back that it would be great to be able to be a count or duke in the phone book, which wasn’t allowed back then. Somehow I’ve always thought marquis is the coolest aristocrat title,” he explained.

As for the other title, he added, “I’m such an esthete but for the simple things in life: good cheese, entertaining company and such things. Maybe I should change it back to ‘musician’.”

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