The first baby born in 2012 in Iceland was to a Polish couple, who told reporters that they were glad to have their child here.
As with children born on Christmas and, to a lesser extent, children born on Independence Day, there is always a great deal of interest in the first child born in the New Year. These children are almost always Icelandic, but in 2012, the trend was officially bucked.
Vísir reports that 2012’s first child in Iceland was born to a Polish couple. The boy was born around five minutes after midnight, on New Year’s Day.
Reporters caught up with the couple around twelve hours later, as they were on their way home. The mother said she found it a special occasion to be giving birth while fireworks were going off. “Yeah, all these colours and boom boom boom while I needed to bear down and push. But that was alright. It was very good,” she said.
The couple have a three-year-old that was born in Scotland, but said it was better to have their child in Iceland. “Everything’s better here,” the mother said.
Among the possible names for the boy, Sylvester was mentioned, as this name reportedly relates to New Year’s Eve in Polish. The mother, though, likes the name Jan better.