20 Weird Things That Are Forbidden Around The World

Do you like to travel? Well, you better be careful what you do, say, or use in certain countries because they may be illegal. But, here’s the kicker…these aren’t things you’d expect to be prohibited anywhere. They’re quite normal in most of the world. So, get ready to get completely shocked when you find out that these things aren’t accepted in some countries…

Ketchup in France


France felt teenagers were using excessive amounts of ketchup to the detriment of traditional French cuisine, which was therefore beginning to lose its originality. So they banned ketchup from school cafeterias. There is, however, one exception to the rule. If students order french fries, they are allowed some ketchup on the side.

Time Travel in China


Well, not the action of time traveling in itself, we’ve yet to master that one, but the portrayal of time travel. The Chinese government feels that TV shows, movies, and books that focus on time travel tend to show an erroneous image of history, making up myths and false events. Therefore, all media that revolves around time travel has become the target of Chinese censorship.

Most Baby Names in Denmark


If you live in Denmark and want an original name for your baby, tough luck. You have to choose from the list of 24,000 names approved by the government. In fact, the Danish government banned creative names altogether, and if you have your mind set on a name outside the list, you have to make a special request and ask for permission

The Emo Style in Russia


Good news for everyone who hates Goth and Emo clothing. If you happen to travel to Russia by any chance, you’ll be relieved to find that such a dress code has been banned from schools, government buildings, and just about every public place. Emo kids wear a lot of black, facial piercings, and black hair  wigs with fringes covering half their face. The Russian government feels that the trend is dangerous for teenagers, encouraging anti-social behavior, depression, and suicide. They even went as far as to refer to the style as “a threat to national stability.” In 2008, Russia banned Goth and Emo music, as well as all clothing styles related to the trend.

Western Haircuts in Iran


Most Islamic countries are not so crazy about the Western culture. In fact, they would do just about anything to keep the people as far away from its influence as possible. They believe there are a few haircuts and hairstyles that are simply too European. Mohawks, mullets, spikes, and ponytails are illegal in Iran.

McDonald’s in Bolivia





Banning McDonald’s sounds crazy for most of us. In Bolivia, it is not really a law, but a decision of the people. Bolivian cuisine is all about time, love, and care, and the people actually live by these ancestral laws. Fast-food is against their beliefs. McDonald’s stood no chance. During its short stay in the country, almost no Bolivians ate there.

Avatar in 2D in China


This one’s a cracker. The main theme in James Cameron‘s Avatar is people siding with an indigenous population against an imperialist force. Apparently, China did not like the idea so much. So they thought of a solution: to ban the movie in 2D. Since China has almost no 3D theaters, it was very simple to prevent the people from watching the movie.

Baby Walkers in Canada


Following the results of a series of studies conducted in Canada on babies raised with walkers which showed delayed motor skills, the government banned all baby walkers. Selling them is no longer permitted. Since 2004, babies have to learn to walk the old-fashioned way.

Chewing Gum in Singapore


It happened to all of us: having a piece of chewing gum stuck to our shoe, or even worse, to our hand when reaching under the table or chair in a restaurant or some other public place. Ever since 1992, selling and using chewing gum in Singapore has been illegal. The law was meant to keep the streets and public places clean. It seems Singapore was filled with used chewing gum, from elevators to gum sticking to subway doors, which even caused delays in the subway system.

Game Consoles in China


Back in 2000, the Chinese government thought kids and youngsters were wasting too much time playing video games, so they decided to ban game consoles, hoping this would encourage them to study or work harder. Plus, they considered the violent content of these games a potential for moral decay. The law involved restrictions in manufacturing and marketing game consoles. Nevertheless, non-console video games are still permitted, which makes the law pretty ineffective.

St. Valentine’s Day in Saudi Arabia


The Saudi Arabian government feels that the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day is completely against Islamic beliefs. So they put a ban on all things related to it, as well as on all things red around St. Valentine’s, from flowers to presents. This did however, lead to a flourishing black market.

Yellow Clothing in Malaysia


Not being allowed to wear your favorite yellow sweater? What a nightmare! And it’s not just T-shirts, but everything yellow, from belts to hats, wristbands, even shoelaces. In 2011, the Malaysian government banned the color yellow in clothing because it was the color of a group of opposition activists. The decision was particularly strange given the fact that yellow is a royal color in Malaysia, and very popular because Malaysians tend to look good in it.

Jasmine in China


The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia managed to remove the totalitarian regime in the country through bloody manifestations. This inspired certain Chinese protestors. The solution? The Chinese government repressed the protests, and also banned the flower. That’s right, jasmine is illegal in China, so are all songs that mention it, as well as using the word “jasmine” in text messages.

Video Games in Greece


Originally, the drastic measure was meant to aim at slot machines and online betting, thus regulating Internet gambling. However, the law was not clear, with no mention to how to make the difference between gambling games and harmless video games. This led to a person being arrested for playing video games inside an Internet cafe. Although a judge declared the law unconstitutional, it still exists

Haggis in the USA


Haggis is a traditional Scottish delicacy, a sort of pudding made from sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs. For the last four decades, it has been illegal in the U.S., after food containing sheep lung has been completely banned. However, haggis made in the U.S.A. using alternative ingredients is legal, but it simply isn’t the same without the key ingredient.

Porn Featuring Small Breasts in Australia


Spanking in Sweden


Remember the old saying “you deserve a good, old-fashioned spanking?” Well, if the Swedes hear you say this, you might get into trouble. Sure, school spanking should be banned everywhere, but in Sweden, not even parents are allowed to spank their children. Sweden was the first country in the world to ban parents from physically punishing their children. Other countries followed and still, school punishments are still allowed in 19 American states.

Vitamin Fortified Food in Denmark


 The authorities in Denmark believe the citizens consume too much vitamins and nutrients, so they banned all fortified food in the country. Yeast-based spreads like Ovaltine and Marmite, fortified breakfast cereals like Rice Crispies, and milk fortified with vitamin D are the main targets.

Driving for Women in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia has a patriarchal society, and the Islamic law clearly defines gender roles. Sure, there’s no written law preventing women from driving in Saudi Arabia. But still, no authority issues licenses to women. So far, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents women from driving.

Reincarnation Without Prior Consent in China


Sure, this may not seem like a big problem for most of us, but Buddhist monks in Tibet are facing quite an issue here. The law was an attempt of the Chinese government to keep Buddhist monks under control, particularly to diminish the Dalai Lama’s influence in the region. So, without prior approval of the Chinese government, you cannot seek reincarnation. Then again, can they check?
Have you ever done or used these things in the given countries? Did you get in trouble? Share with friends!
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