Swedish Couple Banned From Naming their child “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116”June 25, 2018
The Naming law in Sweden is a law which requires approval of the names given to Swedish children. The law was enacted in 1982, primarily in order to prevent non-noble families from giving their children the names of noble families.
Parents Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding submitted the 43-character name in May 1996, claiming that it was “a pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic creation.”
The parents suggested the name be understood in the spirit of’pataphysics, but the court rejected.
The parents then tried to change the spelling of the name to A (also pronounced “albin”). Once again, the court refused to approve of the name, citing a prohibition on one-letter naming.
The father, Lasse Diding, was refused to name his son Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 so he tried another version, simply “A” (same pronounciation though).
After five years the authorities grew tired of the fact that the kid had no formal name and threatened with penalty. Lasse Diding caved in and I presume the kids formal name is “Albin” (same pronounciation) now.
Lasse Diding is an interesting character, maybe best described as an “eccentric millionaire”.
He is a life long communist and the owner of a Hotel & Spa resort, “Hotel Gästis”, famous for it’s “Lenin bath”.
So if you’ll ever wanted to bath under the gaze of Soviet leader Lenin, in a hotel run by a rich communist who enjoys fighting stupid name laws just for the heck of it, book Hotel Gästis.
“Of course it’s hypocritical being a communist at the same time you’re a millionaire. But I think the ability of denying anything that doesn’t fit into your world view is endless.”
He also just lost a court case when he sued a long time friend for stealing a piece of bread from the cafeteria. They were “political opposites” and he wanted to “teach him a lesson” and stop his friend from free loathing on his communist hotel.
“I pursued that name thing for ten years. So I guess I have an anarchist streak. But despite being an anxious person I’ve always dared to go my own way. And it’s always the stupid things you learn most from”.