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Icelandic Women Have Been Inundated With Marriage Proposals Because Of This Hoax

Please stop asking, you weirdos.

Posted on September 1, 2016, at 5:48 p.m. ET

Iceland's government would like everyone to know that it will not pay foreign men $5,000 a month if they marry Icelandic women.

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The rumour appears to have started with The Spirit Whispers, a blog that promotes fake international news stories meant to go viral. The posts are riddled with spelling and grammar errors, and rarely cite any sources for their fantastical reporting, but the Iceland story has gotten more than 120,000 shares, likes, and comments on Facebook since it was published in late June.

According to the hoax, Iceland has a gender imbalance so severe that the government's solution is to pay foreign men $5,000 a month to relocate to the country and marry an Icelandic woman. Apparently, "priority in this resolution will go to North Africa's population."

The bullshit story has been republished by a handful of other sites and blogs, and widely shared on social media.

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One Icelandic woman — a streamer on Twitch who goes by Sanxyra — told BuzzFeed News that, seemingly overnight, many of her female friends were being inundated with friend requests and messages on Facebook.


Others have written about the same phenomenon, saying that most of the interest seemed to come from men from the Middle East and North Africa.

"Some men started off with flirting, others went straight to proposals," Sanxyra said via email. "Most of the girls just laughed about this, and ignored the messages."

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For the record, Iceland does not have a gender imbalance, as even a minute of googling will show you.

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But that hasn't stopped lots of people from falling for the hoax. In addition to the thousands of men who have been trying to find Icelandic mates on Facebook.

In the last few months, about 30 people have contacted Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs for more information on how to get paid for their services, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Now please stop asking.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.