10 Weirdest European Laws

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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 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

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

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!)

SWEDEN : WISHING IT WAS SUNNY

SWEDEN : WISHING IT WAS SUNNY

“I hate this winter darkness I wish we could see the sun from time to time”. This sentence will get you a fine in Sweden where it is illegal to complain about the long hours of winter darkness.

FRANCE: EATING KETCHUP

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

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

ITALY: KISSING & DRIVING

In Eboli, Italy kissing whilst driving is banned and can carry a fine of over 300€!

ROMANIA: SCRABBLE

ROMANIA: SCRABBLE

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

SWITZERLAND: FLUSHING THE TOILET

Flushing the toilet after 10pm is illegal in Switzerland! The Government considers this noise pollution.

DENMARK: PAYING FOR FOOD

DENMARK: PAYING FOR FOOD

In Denmark 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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*Some of these laws are no longer in use.

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