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42 Swedes change their names for airline competition

42 Swedes change their names for airline competition
17 Dec 2013

There are now 42 people in Sweden with the name Klaus-Heidi, after they entered a name-changing contest organised by German airline Lufthansa. 

Earlier this year, Lufthansa made an offer to give one lucky Swede a new life in Berlin in exchange for them legally changing their moniker.

Although the company was expecting a handful of entrants, it was overwhelmed by the response and had to close the competition early. Last weekend it chose Klaus-Heidi Andersson, 24, from Fjugesta - formerly Michael Andersson - as the winner. 

He received a one-way flight to Berlin, an apartment for a year and a number of other perks, including language lessons. 

The airline's Magnus Engvall told the Atlantic that the idea of the contest was to separate Lufthansa from the competition over the Stockholm-Berlin route.

'[We wanted to] talk about the dream of Berlin rather than the cheap Berlin,' he explained.

'[This competition was] simple and it's a bit absurd but in a positive way.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801673387-ADNFCR

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