Dozens believe ‘Get paid to marry Icelandic women’ hoax

Photo: Kjartan Þorbjörnsson

Iceland’s Foreign Ministry has received dozens of enquiries from men interested in taking up the Icelandic government’s offer of $5,000 to marry an Icelandic woman and make up for the lack of men in the country.

Unfortunately for the interested gentlemen, news of the exciting offer is a not-so-elaborate hoax posted on a website called ‘The Spirit Whispers’.

“Because of the high proportion of females than males have resorted government of that country to the solution is to grant $ 5,000 per month per immigrant marries Icelandic,” reads the article, in decidedly ropy English.

Iceland's Foreign Ministry.

Iceland's Foreign Ministry. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Kristinn Ingvarsson

Priority apparently goes to men from North Africa, but all those “interested in this offer” were encouraged to leave a comment under the article.

Despite the exceedingly questionable nature of the posting, dozens of men have reportedly contacted Iceland’s Foreign Ministry to get more information on this too-good-be-true offer.

Every enquiry has been personally answered – obviously to the effect that the piece is a complete hoax and that there is absolutely no initiative in place to pay foreign men to come to Iceland and marry local women.

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