Saturday 22 July 2017

Iceland witnesses record-breaking baby boom nine months on from humiliating England at Euro 2016

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Iceland's Ari Freyr Skulason kisses his baby Camilla at the end of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016 Quarter-final match between France and Iceland last summer
Iceland's Ari Freyr Skulason kisses his baby Camilla at the end of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016 Quarter-final match between France and Iceland last summer
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

They were heady, historic days in the sporting history of Iceland.

A small Nordic nation of 300,000 people toppling World Cup winners and footballing lawmakers England in a major tournament doesn't happen every week. Not yet, at least.

And it would appear that those on the litter of volcanic islands scattered in the North Atlantic Ocean ensured they celebrated that famous win.

For nine months on from that 2-1 victory on the French riviera, local newspaper Visir reports a record-breaking amount of births in Iceland.

Indeed, the weekend of March 25-26 saw the highest-ever amount of epidurals administered to patients in Icelandic hospitals - for those unfamiliar, that is a painkilling injection into the spinal cord, common during childbirth.

How many of those newborns will be named after the Euro 2016 heroes is, as yet, unknown.

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