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Romantic summer eve on the fjord spurs papa-hunt

An unusual missing persons ad was placed in an Oslo newspaper late last week, but it’s unclear whether its intended recipient, a man known only as “Jørgen,” will see the message or be happy about it.

The ad in newspaper Aften was placed by a young Swedish woman who met Jørgen on an island in the Oslo Fjord on a warm summer evening in 2009. The two were camping in tents just next to one another, and the evening clearly got even warmer after some wine.

The woman, who requested anonymity, wrote in her ad that “Jørgen … I need to get in touch with you … I have something that is a bit yours.” The single summer night they shared, it seems, resulted in “a fantastic daughter.”

The 36-year-old woman, who worked in Oslo at the time but has since moved back to Dalarna in Sweden, told Aftenposten that she wasn’t expecting any financial support from Jørgen. Rather, she simply thinks he has a right to know that he has a daughter, and she’d like her daughter to “to have the possibility” to know who her father is. She admits she never got his last name during the course of their passionate evening together.

“This isn’t anything I’m proud of, even though it resulted in the world’s most wonderful little girl,” she told Aftenposten. “I have no regrets, and I have an incredibly strong desire to find him.”

Asked how she thinks he will react, the woman said that “a lot can happen in two years and I realize this may complicate things.” She has no idea if he has another family, or whether “he even has a life that would set a good example for my daughter. But I have no right to deny her the chance to know her father.”

Attempts to track down Jørgen through the police or tax authorities were unsuccessful, as were searches on the Internet. She’s asked him to respond via the newspaper.

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund
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