A handful of seeds for pigeons, noisy dinner gatherings – some things that are common for us sometimes can cause a serious fine or other problems abroad.
We at Happy Worthy Life made a virtual trip around the world and found out what things so familiar to us are prohibited by law in different countries.
Feed the Pigeons (Singapore)
It’s easy to meet a person who feeds pigeons, and in winter he even becomes a hero for passers-by. In Singapore, such actions can lead to a fine (up to 500 Singapore dollars). This law was introduced for reasons of cleanliness and hygiene.
Singapore pigeons are a real disaster. They pollute the environment, spread diseases, and bread and rice, which they did not eat, attract rats and other pests. Local residents say that even drying clothes on the street is not possible.
Despite the prohibiting banners, some people still continue to feed the pigeons, which is why the damage from them has not been reduced for a year.
Call the child an unusual name (Denmark)
Some parents call children the names of their favorite characters, stars, or even historical figures. In Denmark, this will not work. The country has a list that includes 18 thousand female and 15 thousand male names. If parents decide to give the child a name that is not on the list, they need permission.
This law was introduced in order to avoid ridiculous names that could make fun of a child. True, among the forbidden names there are quite ordinary ones, for example, Ashley or Peter. Similar laws exist in other countries. For example, in Portugal you cannot call a child George, while in Iceland the names Jack, Chris, and Chloe are on the list.
To stage or watch opera and ballet (Turkmenistan)
In 2001, foreign subjects of opera and ballet were banned in Turkmenistan, considering them alien to local traditions and culture. The country’s only opera and ballet theater was closed, and its repertoire was called artificial and immodest.
Only at the end of 2019, during the international festival of culture, residents of Turkmenistan saw the opera of the Italian composer Ruggiero Leoncavallo “Clowns”. For many viewers, this was the event of the twentieth anniversary.
Noise from 12 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Germany)
In the central part of Germany, in Hesse, until 2005 there was a law prohibiting noise from 12:00 to 15:00 even on weekdays. It was believed that at lunchtime, citizens should not be bothered.
Now the law is no longer in force, but in apartment buildings they often set the rule not to make noise at lunch: no repairs and loud appliances.
Take spouse’s last name after marriage (Canada, Quebec)
Since 1981, women have been required to keep their maiden name in the Canadian province of Quebec . Any documents are issued only on it.
This tradition dates back to French law, which entered into force in 1789: it forbade a person to use any other name except what was given to him from birth. A similar law applies in some other countries, such as the Netherlands and Greece.
Sell Raw Milk (Canada)
For about 30 years, unpasteurized milk has been banned in Canada . This is due to the fact that milk from farms does not undergo processing and may contain pathogenic microorganisms. According to Canadian professor Jeffrey Farber, the dangers of raw milk far exceed any of its benefits.
At the same time, farmers can consume milk obtained on their own farm.
Plant Lupins (Norway)
In 2004, there were more than 800 alien plant species in the country. One of the main invaders was lupine . It was introduced to Norway in the 19th century, used as a soil stabilizer, and has since been dispersed throughout the country.
Under the influence of lupins, the local flora is impoverished. In Norway, much attention is paid to the conservation of the unique ecosystem. Although there is no official law prohibiting lupins in the country, some local communities are actively fighting them.
File for Divorce (Philippines)
The only legal way now to terminate a marriage in the Philippines is to annul it. To do this, the couple goes to court, proceedings in which can take years. In some cases, annulment took up to 10 years. In addition, this is an expensive process — it usually requires about half of the family’s annual income.
Since 1999, many bills to end marriage have already been proposed, but not one of them has yet been passed. Now another version is being discussed.
Dance in night clubs (Japan)
By law, passed in 1948, residents of Japan were forbidden to dance in nightclubs after midnight. Premises with an area of less than 66 square meters. m simply could not get a license that would allow visitors to dance.
In 2015, after a wave of objections related to this law, it was decided to mitigate it .
Being overweight (Japan)
This law is only valid for people from 45 years old. Japanese people should measure their waist twice a year. If it exceeds the norm, then you need to seek medical help. For the citizens themselves, there is no punishment for non-compliance, but the companies in which the violators work can be fined.
This law was introduced to combat obesity, although in Japan it has only 2% of the population.
Shopping every day (Venezuela)
Venezuelans can spend half a day in line. The thing is that they are only allowed to go for groceries twice a week . If a person cannot or does not have time to arrive on the allotted day, he has to wait for the next one, which occurs only after 4 days.
Residents of the country are forced to restructure their plans, and small Venezuelans on the day of shopping often can’t even go to school, because there is no one to take or pick them up after class.
The law was passed so that people buy exactly as much as they need and do not resell products on the black market with a large margin.
And what prohibitions of ordinary things for us have you heard?