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Baby boom in Iceland nine months after Euro 2016 victory over England

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By Euronews
Baby boom in Iceland nine months after Euro 2016 victory over England

Nine months on from Iceland’s historic win over England in the Euro 2016 tournament, clues of how the Nordic nation celebrated their 2-1 victory are starting to show, or more accurately, come into the world.

Whether it was the romance transmitted by the match’s French Riviera location or the significance of the moment in Iceland’s footballing history, it would appear that their supporters didn’t just celebrate with their now infamous thunderclap.

Local newspaper Visir has reported record-breaking birth rates on the volcanic island exactly nine months after the game.

The number of epidurals administered on March 25 and 26 has been reported as the highest ever in the country, with one doctor at Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, describing the amount of pain relief his team gave as “unprecedented”.

A rough translation of Mr Thorvaldsson’s tweet reads: “Set a record for the number of epidurals in the maternity duty this weekend.”

With only 300,000 inhabitants, the country’s footballing community will welcome some youngsters with the beautiful game in their blood to ensure future performances like that of 2016.

Medical staff in England are yet to comment on the birthrate in their country.