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Minister Wants Parents to Decide Children’s Names

The Ministry of the Interior is examining whether the law on personal names, which has existed since 1914, needs to be changed.

Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal told Stöð 2 yesterday that she is open to changing the law and that now is the time to discuss any possible changes. “I am of the opinion that people should be able to decide their own affairs and should have the freedom to choose the names of their children,” she said.

As of today, the public can send in comments on the Personal Names Act to the Ministry of the Interior. The results will be used to determine whether any changes to the law will be made.

In recent years there have been a number of high profile cases concerning disputes with the Icelandic Naming Committee. The latest concerns an Icelandic couple who named their daughter Alex Emma and who must pay ISK 1,437 (USD 10.46, EUR 9.64) in daily fines to the Icelandic state after the Committee rejected their request for having Alex accepted as a girl’s name.

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