Do you know what country banned scrabble? Or where you should avoid flushing the toilet after 10pm? Have a look at this list of the 10 weirdest European laws!*
CZECH REPUBLIC: TAXI RIDES AFTER NUCLEAR EXPLOSION
Czech taxi’s have three rates: the average level 1, level 2 which is usually used for tourists and level 3 which is the Government’s rate that must be used for all taxi rides after a nuclear explosion.
UNITED KINGDOM: DYING IN THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT
By law you can’t die in London’s Houses of Parliament. If you are planning on dying there, you’d better forget it because you could be sent to prison… Oh wait.
FINLAND: LISTENING TO MUSIC IN A TAXI
Never ask a Finnish taxi driver to turn on the radio. He will refuse to do so as it is illegal to play music to paying customers (unless you are willing to pay the royalties to the musicians!)
DENMARK : DANES ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO HIT SWEDES IF THEY WALK TO DENMARK OVER ICE
This law dates was established in 1658 during a Denmark/Swedish war. During these 2 years the Swedes marched across the belts of ice between the two countries. Nobody has cared to remove it since then, so the legislation still stands.
FRANCE: EATING KETCHUP
In France, in order to promote a balanced diet, Ketchup is illegal in school and college cafeterias. What about French fries…?
GERMANY: RUNNING OUT OF PETROL
When in Germany be sure to have your tank full before accessing the autobahn or otherwise you could face a three digit fine.
ITALY: KISSING & DRIVING
In Eboli, Italy kissing whilst driving is banned and can carry a fine of over 300€!
In the 80s Nicolae Ceausescu banned Scrabble, he described it as a “subversive evil” and “overly intellectual”… Someone didn’t like losing…
SWITZERLAND: FLUSHING THE TOILET
Flushing the toilet after 10pm is illegal in Switzerland! The Government considers this noise pollution.
DENMARK: PAYING FOR FOOD
Denmark has some weird European laws. For example, you may not be charged for food at an Inn unless you consider yourself full at the end of the meal.
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