From Iceland — Iceland’s First Baby Of 2020 Is One Of The Biggest Ever

Iceland’s First Baby Of 2020 Is One Of The Biggest Ever

Published January 9, 2020

Inês Pereira
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Emil Rafn, the first Icelandic baby of 2020, was born 2 hours and 19 minutes into the first day of the year. He was measured at 59 cm and weighs in at an incredible 5.9 kg, RÚV reports. Emil is set, from birth, to be an overachiever, given that the average size of an Icelandic baby is 3.6 kg and 50 cm.

In the last 30 years, only two babies were born in Iceland that were larger than Emil. The parents, Berglind and Jón, confess to being used to big babies, as their two other children were quite large. And even though the pregnancy and birth went quite well, they don’t plan on making any more news-worthy babies—or any babies at all.

“Considering this consistency in size [of the babies], I think we’re just pretty good for now. It all has worked out well,” Berglind told reporters.

Emil’s parents will be some of the first to enjoy the 12-month parental leave,a recent change to the Icelandic law that went into effect on the 1st of January. Parents will now have 5 months each and two more months to share, while the previous to this law, Icelandic parents had 9 months between them to spend with their new children, born or adopted.

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