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Surrogate Baby Finally Cleared for Iceland

Helga Sveinsdóttir and Einar Faerseth, an Icelandic couple who had a baby with the aid of a surrogate mother in Mumbai, India late last year are now finally on their way home with their son Jóel after Icelandic authorities issued a passport for him on Thursday.


From Laugardalur in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

According to, the family is currently in Germany where they are planning to make a stopover for a few days. It hasn’t been revealed when they will return to Iceland.

The family had hoped to return before Christmas but was unable to do so because of legal complications. Surrogate parenting is illegal in Iceland and even though the Icelandic parliament’s General Committee made an exception for Jóel and granted him citizenship, a passport couldn’t be issued right away.

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