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Changing names to be made easier in the new year

Tax Agency: Making it easier
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Any wannabe Svenssons or Anderssons will find it easier to change their last name in July thanks to amendments to the Swedish Name Act.

Under the new rules, a person can apply to change their last name to any that is used by more than 2,000 people.

“What we heard is that people from other countries would like to melt into the Swedish society by using more common names,” Ingegerd Widell of the Swedish Tax Agency told Radio Sweden.

The Tax Agency will have sole responsibility for names from July and will allow other changes, including double last names which can be combined with a hyphen. Currently, those with two last names have to use one as a middle name.

Parents will also be allowed to create a new family name by using the first name the father or mother and adding “son” or “dotter”.

“We are going in the right direction,” Widell said. “Making it easier for people to change their names and use whatever name they would like to have.”

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