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Icelandic Santa Ambassador of Children in El Salvador

By Iceland Review

Einar Sveinsson, an Icelander who has played Santa Claus in El Salvador for decades, was appointed special ambassador for children before Christmas this year by Bloom Children’s Hospital in San Salvador, the country’s capital.

Sveinsson has become very popular among locals, almost legendary, who call him “the real Santa” and greet him wherever he goes, reports.

“I’ve been especially busy during this Christmas season and the entire year has basically flown out the window,” Sveinsson said. He produces radio and television shows that are aired during Christmas in El Salvador.

They are called “Santa and the Tropical Elves” and feature the adventures of an Icelandic Santa Claus who travels south to tend to the lost children of Central America.

Sveinsson has lived in El Salvador since 1968 and for the past few years his activities as Santa Claus have received considerable attention from the local media and his picture is an annual feature on the covers of daily newspapers El Diario de Hoy and La Prensa Gráfica. The Icelandic Santa has sometimes been given a lift by military helicopters to make his travels easier.

“I feel fine, but I need to rest now,” Einarsson said. “The old body demands relaxation after the end of the Christmas season. And I’m happy to obey.”

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