38 Swedes change names for airline's Berlin apartment contest

Nov. 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM   |   Comments

COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A German airline said it closed entries for a contest offering the chance to live in Berlin when an unexpectedly large number of Swedes changed their names.

Airline Lufthansa said it has closed entries for the contest despite the originally announced deadline of Nov. 28, after 38 Swedish citizens proved they were willing to legally change their names to Klaus-Heidi for the chance to win a Berlin apartment with rent prepaid for a year, The Local.se reported Friday.

The airline had chosen the name Klaus-Heidi because it is a fusion of traditional German names representing both genders.

"We never even imagined that so many people actually would change their names," Magnus Engvall, senior marketing specialist at German airline Lufthansa, told newspaper Dagens Media. "The campaign has spread even beyond the nation's borders."

The airline said the winner will be chosen from the 38 entrants by a jury reviewing their paperwork, which includes a section for the Klaus-Heidis to explain their desire to relocate to Berlin. The winner will also receive a free bicycle, language lessons and prepaid airfare to destinations within Germany.

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