In late June of 2016, rumors began circulating that Iceland would pay immigrants $5,000 a month if they married Icelandic women. But why would the Icelandic government do that? Was it because there’s some sort of shortage of men in this region?
According to the story going around, that’s exactly why Iceland was offering this monthly salary that most of us low to middle income earner citizens would love to earn. But while the article on social media caused a great deal of bewilderment, it left many wondering, was this for real or was it all just a bad joke?
Would Iceland pay $5,000 per month to immigrants who marry Icelandic women?
The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether this makes any sense at all. But for most people who are desperately trying to make ends meet, it didn’t matter.
Soon after the claim went viral on social networks, men around the world went crazy.
The Danish embassy started getting a number of applications in Egypt from potential suitors, eager to marry these Icelandic women in exchange for some cold hard cash.
After the rumors went viral online, Icelandic women everywhere started being pestered.
Guys who were total strangers began to proposition them romantically, almost to the point of stalking through social media, and at first, they didn’t understand why.
It turns out that the entire thing was a hoax, according to Snopes.
The online hoax appears to have started on June 2016 because of an entry in a North African blog called “The Spirit Whispers”, which made those bogus claims.
The blog entry started out with the headline “breaking news”.
But while the English grammar was barely legible, the blog mentioned one thing that rarely needs any type of translation.
Most of the information on the blog was largely incoherent.
It started off by mentioning Iceland’s defeat of England in the European soccer championships in 2016. Then it explained that the low number of men in Iceland has forced the country’s government to seek out potential suitors from abroad for the women in their country.
The blog was extremely enticing to North African men.
They had practically packed their bags to go marry a local girl in Iceland in exchange for some seriously awesome financial compensation.