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Laws

Here the weirdest and wackiest laws that you didn't know existed

It's not surprising that countries have their own unique values, but some of these attitudes are so extreme that laws have been made because of them.

Here are some of the most extreme laws that you've probably never heard of before:

It's illegal to own just one Guinea-pig in Switzerland

Switzerland's ban on single Guinea pig ownership to ensure the happiness of the nations most adorable rodents is a heartwarming law that shows just how much the Swiss value animal welfare. But if you're only allowed to own two Guinea pigs, what happens when one of them inevitably dies? Well, Priska Küng has the answer. Passionate about animal welfare, Priska runs a kind of matchmaking agency where owners can rent a Guinea-pig to give bereaved Guinea-pigs a new four-legged friend.

Winnie-The-Pooh is banned in Polish town Tuszyn

Photo credit: Csekeklari - Pixabay

Local councillors in the Polish town of Tuszyn attack the beloved bear with claims that he is an 'inappropriate hermaphrodite' with 'dubious sexuality'. Subsequently, councillors have banned him from playgrounds across the town. Councillor Ryszard Cichy argues that the bear is 'wholly inappropriate' for children as he is dressed only in a t-shirt, unlike the polish bear who is dressed from head to toe. The ban seems absurd to British society, as Winnie-the-Pooh is such an iconic figure who has been a much-loved friend to children for nearly a century. A.A. Milne's magical depiction of the Hundred Acre Wood and the creatures that inhabit it make for a timeless tale that will surely stick for generations to come.

It's illegal to bring in any fruit and vegetables to New Zealand
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Photo credit: Jingwei Ke on Unsplash

Unless you have a burning desire to bring fruit and veg with you on holiday to New Zealand, this law probably won't affect you much. Having said this, the law did end up affecting me. In 2017 I travelled around Australia for six weeks and then New Zealand for two. I didn't do my research on New Zealand's strict biosecurity and I definitely should have before my arrival. I walked through the airport with leftovers that I just couldn't bear to throw away. So instead of being sensible and simply getting rid of it, I spent two hours queuing to declare that I'd accidentally smuggled ratatouille into the country. On reflection, the ratatouille really wasn't worth it. Despite my initial frustration with the biosecurity system, I soon realised that without it, it would be impossible to retain the untouched beauty and delicate ecosystems that the country boasts.

Parents in Denmark have to choose the name of their child from a strict list of approved names

Photo credit: Filip Mroz on Unsplash

Denmark is renown for having some of the strictest laws regarding baby naming. Parents in Denmark have to choose from a pool of 7,000 names and the name must clearly indicate the gender of the child. The government state that these laws are to prevent children from having ridiculous names that may affect them negatively as they grow up. Restricting a parent's choice seems to be a backwards step for society as sameness is encouraged and uniqueness rejected. Despite these laws, there is still hope for parents if the name they like isn't included in the list. Parents first have to get the name approved by the church and then need official approval from the government body.

Let us know of any other weird and wonderful laws that we haven't mentioned in this article, in the comments below.

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