Strange Laws to Be Aware of in the Most Popular Countries for Tourists

#50. Norway

Should you be challenged to fistfight to the death in Norway, you must either accept or pay four deer in exchange for refusing the challenge. If you’re not a qualified pugilist but also aren’t sure where to procure four deer, worry not: the law hasn’t been enforced in many years.

#49. Dominican Republic

The age of sexual consent in the Dominican Republic is 18. There is no close-in-age exemption, which means that an 18-year-old high school senior visiting on spring break could be arrested and prosecuted for a tryst with a 17-year-old high school senior there.

#48. Brazil

Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world, known for its stunning natural beauty and bounty of exotic wildlife. If you’re a hunter planning on pursuing wild game, however, think again. Commercial, recreational, and sport hunting have been outlawed since 1967. The ban, however, may not last as congress submitted a bill in 2019 to open the country to commercial hunting.

#47. Argentina

Arguably the greatest soccer player of all time, football superstar Lionel Messi is the pride and joy of his hometown of Rosario, Argentina. When a Rosario resident named his child Messi, however, some residents protested. In 2014, Rosario made it illegal to name a child Messi.

#46. Sweden

To discourage public disorder, Swedish authorities issue permits to bars and other hangouts that allow customers to dance. If customers dance spontaneously in an unlicensed venue, the consequences can be serious—not for the reveler, but for the bar owner. While politicians across parties have pledged to revoke the law, as of December 2019 it remains on the books.

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