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One percent of children in Iceland fatherless

According to new numbers from the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs one out of every hundred children born in Iceland does not have a registered father. Mothers are encouraged to name a father for their children.

“I am only aware of a few cases and I think these numbers are unusually high,” Reverend Hjálmar Jónsson, priest at Reykjavík Cathedral and former MP told Fréttabladid.

From November 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006, 11,319 children were born in Iceland, of which 346 had no registered father six months following their birth.

The local authorities sent letters to the mothers of these children reminding them of their legal obligation to register a father for their children.

The mothers of 215 of the 346 fatherless children responded to the letter and registered a father for their children. But the remaining 131 children, who were born between November 1, 2003 and June 30, 2006, are still fatherless on paper.

“Every child is entitled to parents and there should be no exception. It should be prioritized above all other interests,” Jónsson said.

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