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Is it necessary to stipulate the length of names?

Update: May, 22/2015 - 09:40

Is it necessary to stipulate the length of names?

According to a draft amendment to the Civil Code, the full name of a Vietnamese citizen should not have more than 25 letters, or any numbers or symbols. The change was proposed at a National Assembly Standing Committee meeting last week and will be debated at 9th session of the 13th National Assembly.

The reasoning behind the amendment is that, many full names citizens choose do not suit the country's culture and are sometimes too long. Long names with 30 or 40 characters also complicate processing paperwork.

However, naming one's children is generally considered the ultimate right of a parent.

Tell us what you think about the proposed amendment? Do you think it is necessary to legalise such a matter? What suggestions would you make to solve the issue? Is there a similar regulation in your home country? Do you think a long name really causes that much trouble?

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