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Iceland, Jan 5, 2017: Katrín Guðjónsdóttir made headlines again. Back in 1980, she was Iceland’s first born child and on 1st January 2017, she gave birth to a baby boy, making him the country’s first baby of 2017.

The country’s first baby in 2017 was born just three minutes into New Year at the South Iceland clinic in Selfoss. The mother was also born at the Selfoss Hospital. This is the third child of the couple. Mother and son are both doing very well.

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Herborg Pálsdóttir, the midwife at the hospital, told reporters that the baby born is a boy and that the delivery went without any complications.

Both, the mother and the son, not only share the same birthday but also have the distinction to be the first born child in Iceland in their respective years.

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The 37-year-old- mother told BBC, “We joked about it yesterday that he may be the first baby of the year, but never believed this could happen.”

“It would be too surreal,” she added.

The baby’s name has not been revealed yet.

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