From Iceland — Minister Of Interior Open To Changing Naming Laws

Minister Of Interior Open To Changing Naming Laws

Published March 11, 2015

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The Ministry of the Interior is now reviewing Icelandic naming laws and has asked for the public to voice their opinions on the matter. Meanwhile, Interior Minister, Ólöf Nordal has said she is open to change, reports Vísir.

“I am personally of the opinion that people should control their own affairs and have the freedom to choose the names of their own children,” said Ólöf.

The Icelandic naming laws took effect in Iceland in 1914. If parents wish to name their child something that is not already pre-approved by the naming laws they must submit their request to the Icelandic Naming Committee which approves or rejects names on a case by case basis.

There has been increasing resistance to the Naming Committee in recent years, both by the general public as well as prominent politicians and celebrities.

As reported, a bill proposing the end of the Naming Committee – put forth by MP Óttarr Proppé – is currently being discussed in parliament. Predictably, the Naming Committee objects and says that should the institution be dismantled boys may be given girl names and girls may be given boy names.

“We are open to changing the laws,” said Ólöf. “While I’m a little torn by my conservatism, the bottom line is that I think we should be free to decide for ourselves.”

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