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But, is Prince Charles having a problem getting a permit to live here?!!
His name (Prince of Wales) is written on a cablecar in Klosters. No chance for him to ever be called Prince Charles again in Switzerland.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty...ing-cable-car/

It's funny that, in Spain, name=first name or fullname, but never surname. Anyway, I just checked my B Permit, Swiss driver license and Versicherungskarte since we Spaniards have one (or more) first name, no middle name and two surnames (we acknowledge that we have a mother and, thus, we also get her first surname). Fortunately everything seems to be alright on my Swiss documents. My fullname has no accents so one difficulty sorted out. In any case, my passport is in Spanish, English and French, so that makes it easier for the local red tape I guess.

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Re: My name is not my name... according to the authorities

Welcome to the wonderful world of Unicode 16.
I have a co-worker who playfully decided to name one child with an "é" in the name - just to see who has f'cked-up charset-support in their databases.

He also once put unicode-characters in the names of VMWare-Snapshots. They had to raise a ticket at VMWare and some guy from VMWare had to do a remote-session to get those deleted...

Also reminds me of this:

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I have a colleague who had exactly the same problem. He went with his birth certificate to the gemeinde and sorted it out in 5 mins.
Sounds like your gemeinde are incompetent .
Exactly, I was just gonna tell you to do that (for a change I kept reading the thread first) This is the way to solve the problem.
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this is way worse.
http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/ostschwe...-mehr-19504293
a birth date of 0.0.1964
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since we Spaniards have one (or more) first name, no middle name and two surnames (we acknowledge that we have a mother and, thus, we also get her first surname)
We have the same thing in Portugal. It's also important for us that the child gets the maternal family name, since the kid is 50% mom too.

The Germans didn't find that funny. I had to get a document from the Portuguese Embassy proving that having 2 family names is ok, before being able to register kiddy Helm with them.

I have 6 names (yes, really), let's say 1 2 - 3 4 5 6. When we bought our apartment, the Grundbuchamt sent me home a preview of the document saying Mrs. 1 2 - 6 3 4 5 (spelling mistakes included). I sent it back and told them my name was 1 2 - 3 4 5 6. They sent a new document with the name Mr. 3 1 2 - 6 4 5.

I went there in person and explained: 1 & 2 forenames. 3 4 5 6 family names in that order. They printed a new document with 1 2 3 6 4 5. I took a deep breath and showed them for the 50th time the correctly hand-filled document and exasperatedly asked: "Is it really that difficult to follow instructions?". They took offense and finally put it correct with some puffing. But called me Mrs. 3 for the duration of the procedures.

When I changed my driving license, I got a call from the Strassenverkehrsamt asking which names they could cut out because they did not have enough characters... At least they asked. Some other agencies decide to cut at a whim and I end up having different names in different agencies...
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Re: My name is not my name... according to the authorities

Needless to say, Switzerland is not in the EU. It is nevertheless bound to some elements of European Union law and some decisions by the CJEU. I would argue that it is bound, in the case of an EU citizen whether or not also a Swiss citizen, by the holding of Garcia Avello http://curia.europa.eu/juris/documen...318&doclang=EN (double surname of Spanish/Belgian child). That said, my mum had one name in her USA passport and quite a different first and maiden name in Switzerland: she'd anglicised her German first name and used her father's stage name. The Swiss can be funny about names. Even on his tomb they insisted my grandfather's legal name be shown, albeit followed by "genammt" and the name by which everyone knew him. My grandmother had about six given names, one for each of the saints her mum could think of. That was before computers: I have no idea what names appeared in the records of officialdom.
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