Can not you see I am a man?
Could it be the bearded lady?
The Norwegian authorities could not determine the Swedish Daniel Pohjantähtis sex when he was looking for a Norwegian personal identity number.
- Did they not see it on my beard? he asks.
It can be difficult to work in Norway. Daniel Pohjantähti, 29, from Tvååker in Halland went to a small town south of Bergen to work as baker. But to get work in the country he needed a Norwegian personal identity number. He could get in the Norwegian social insurance, Nav, he had read on the internet and came therefore there with identification and a birth certificate. But it all turned out easier said than done.
"Are you a woman?"
The first thing the female officer asked was:
- Are you a woman?
Produced by the question Daniel began to think that she might be asked about the name of the municipality in which he lived, Kvinnherad. But the officer clarified that it was his sex she asked.
- I looked like a cave bear when I got there, so I wondered if they did not see on the beard that I was a man, he says.
But even after studying his driver's license and birth certificate, she couldent determine if he was telling the truth. He could only proof his innocence with his passport - and that was back in Sweden.
- I tried everything to prove that I was a man, says Daniel, who wonders what he would have to gain by claiming to be of a different gender.
But neither that nor the fact that he was married and had two children helped. It was only for Daniel to go home to Sweden to collect the passport.
But that's not all. When he came back, it appeared also that he had applied the wrong place. That kind of personal identity as he needed, he could only get the tax office.
- I have no time to waste. I have other things to do, he says.