The Weirdest Laws in the World

We encourage you to travel – across the globe, simply because of the many benefits of traveling and the innumerable wondrous sights that will dazzle you and leave you awestruck. However, when travelling to a strange and new land, it is always a good idea to conduct a research on local customs, food, traditions, and even the local laws. Knowing the ‘laws of the land’ could not only keep you out of trouble, but also ensure that you have a memorable time sans any problem. While some of the laws make sense, we dare say that there are some outright absurd and funny laws too – we bring you some of the weirdest laws in the world, which you would still be better off adhering.

  • The only country in the world where it is illegal for any woman to drive is Saudi Arabia. So if you are traveling to the country, ensure that the women in your family do not drive, or you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
  • It may sound strange, but we think it is a great law – divorce is illegal in Philippines and the Vatican – the only two countries in the world where this law exists. The only exception is for Muslims – they can get a divorce, but only in certain circumstances.
  • Strangely, the land of sumo wrestling is also the country where it is illegal to be fat / overweight – Japan. Men and women over the age of 40 years cannot have a waist measuring more than 32 inches and 36 inches respectively. While it is not punishable by law, the idea is to put pressure of people, local companies, and governments.
  • Denmark is one of the happiest and most delightful countries in the world. It is even better in the realm of hospitality – you do not need to pay for whatever you eat, if you believe that you are not completely and truly ‘full’ at the end of your meal. You could eat more, or leave the restaurant without paying if not happy and ‘full’. Funny but so thoughtful!Another bizarre and ridiculous law in Denmark states that it is illegal to start your car unless you have checked under it to ensure no child is sleeping there!
  • Chewing gum and popping bubbles from it is something that most of us have done at some point in our life, and have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Have you ever thought that your love for chewing gum could land you in jail? Yes – chewing gum is completely unbearable and illegal in Singapore, and has been so since 1992. No gum is sold or bought in Singapore, and a person flouting the rules by spitting gum would be liable to pay $500 as fine. People who need nicotine gum, can buy it only through a doctor’s prescription. Leave your stash of chewing gum behind if traveling here!
  • The next law we absolutely love, and think it should be enforced in every country in the world – spitting is banned in Coulaines, France. Even though this law was implemented to stop the spread of swine flu, we think that a ban on spitting will be a great step towards keeping every country cleaner.
  • All you love birds and those fond of PDA (public display of affection), be warned that in Eboli, Italy, kissing in a moving vehicle is banned. Be cautious 🙂
  • We find this next set of laws truly amusing, but then every country / city has a right to pass laws, as they deem appropriate. In Melbourne, Australia it is against the law to vacuum your home between 10am and 7pm during the week and between 10pm and 9am on weekends. Additionally, men are banned from dressing like women in Melbourne.
  • If you are a couch potato and too lazy to wash your car, do not drive it dirty, or you would be fined for doing so, since it is against the law to drive a dirty car in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
  • Ensuring the lowering of noise pollution takes a new and bizarre meaning in Switzerland.  It is illegal to flush the toilet after 10pm in an apartment building, since the sound is seen as noise pollution.
  • You love to sing – and the beauteous sights of Hawaii may make you want to sing at the top of your voice – but be warned that it is illegal to sing loudly after sunset in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • If you have a pet dog and live in Tornio, Italy, ensure that you walk your dog at least thrice a day, since not doing so is against the law.
  • Keeping up with the laws to preserve the rights of dogs, it is illegal in Oklahoma to make ugly faces at a dog.
  • If you decide to visit North Korea, you can be certain that you would not be allowed to enter the city’s department stores, and neither would you be allowed to use the currency. Being a visitor here is no fun!
  • Bird lover? Please do not feed pigeons when in Venice – this is illegal.
  • In Scotland, you could be in trouble with the law if someone asks to use your toilet and you refuse to let the person use it.
  • Do not leave home without underwear when in Thailand – it is against the law (wonder how they enforce this 🙂 )
  • If you are someone who forgets your wife’s birthday, you could find yourself in serious trouble in Samoa, where it is illegal to miss this important date!
  • Keep your car fuelled – running out of fuel on Germany’s autobahn is illegal, as is walking alongside your car when you do run out of gas. It is essential to pull over, and blow the horn to attract attention. The fine is EURO80 / Pound65 for endangering other drivers.

Laws are great and usually help to guide citizens, but some are weird, as you would have seen from our list. Let us know if you have heard some other crazy and weird laws.