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Old 25.02.2011, 14:00
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Unusual Swiss Laws

So we all know a few Swiss laws and regulations that seem odd to us compared to those back in our home countries. But did you know that there are some even stranger quirky almost unbelievable Swiss laws that we didn't know about till now, mainly because we made them up?

Here's a few starters:

In 2007, the Swiss Federal Government passed a law that all public vending machines must contain and dispense cigarette lighters, condoms, cans of Red Bull and Gummi Bears. Government inspectors are sent on random spot checks to ensure that these 4 items are never out of stock.

In 1958, motor racing was banned by the Swiss Government because it's too exciting.

Drivers of vehicles standing in stationary traffic must switch off their engines to reduce noise pollution.

Every house built in Switzerland must have a cellar/basement in case the house is subsequently sold to Austrian families.

Who's next?.........
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Old 25.02.2011, 14:44
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In 1958, motor racing was banned by the Swiss Government because it's too exciting.
Actually motor racing was banned in Switzerland in 1955 shortly after a horrendous crash at Le Mans which resulted in at least 80 deaths.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1955_24_Hours_of_Le_Mans
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Old 25.02.2011, 14:46
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...Every house built in Switzerland must have a cellar/basement in case the house is subsequently sold to Austrian families.
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Very very bad.

If you have less than 400CHF in your wallet at all times, you run the risk of being picked up for vagrancy, and held without charge indefinitely.
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Old 25.02.2011, 14:48
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held without charge indefinitely.
Now that's mean. I couldn't cope without my iPhone.
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Old 25.02.2011, 14:51
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1982 saw a law passed that banned the sale of black leather knee high boots to ladies in jeans weighing over 140kg. In that same year it became compulsory to keep all domestic crocodiles on a leash when taken outside. This year sees the ban dartboards in basements come into force.
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Old 25.02.2011, 14:52
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The reason dairy products are expensive here is that by law, 60% of milk production must be used for Rivella.

The by products of the Rivella process is used to make flavourless cheese.
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It is an offence to walk when riding an escalator.
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Old 25.02.2011, 15:03
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It is an offence that can cost you 150chf to call a Gipfeli by the original french name... (I can't name it since it is an offence)
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Old 25.02.2011, 15:16
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It is an offence that can cost you 150chf to call a Gipfeli by the original french name... (I can't name it since it is an offence)
Croissant!

Go ahead, Ueli, bill me!
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Old 25.02.2011, 15:28
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Croissant!

Go ahead, Ueli, bill me!
How dare you to name what shouldn't be named.....
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Old 25.02.2011, 16:14
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From 2012, the statury punishment for being an advertising executive will be chocolate and feathering.

Anyone caught perpetuating the myth that cookoo clocks are from Switzerland will be nailed to a tree in the Tyrol.
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Old 25.02.2011, 16:23
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A man may not relieve himself while standing up, after 10 P.
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Old 25.02.2011, 16:41
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Re: Unusual Swiss Laws

All employment contracts for Swiss Banks have to contain a clause that states that the new employee has no religious views.

All new cars sold in Switzerland have to have lower emissions and engine power reduction modifications compared to equivelant US and EU models in order to make them less exciting.

It is against the law in the kanton of Zurich to own a gnome as a domestic pet.
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Old 25.02.2011, 16:44
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It is against the law in the kanton of Zurich to own a gnome as a domestic pet.
That is actually the reason why I moved to Olten...it was either that or put him to sleep.
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It is forbidden to wash your hair or air your dirty laundry on a Sunday.
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Though it is illegal to produce, store, sell and trade absinth (special alcohol), it is legal to consume it.

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Old 25.02.2011, 17:07
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It's illegal to stroke a cat on a Sunday.
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You have the right to declare a formal "Wöschchuchichrieg" (LaundryRoomWar) within 7 days after an incident happend. You will have to fill out form at your gemeinde and the Laundry Police will decide if you are entitled to burn your neighbours clothes. If they decide against you, you will have to give out half your laundry to Caritas.
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You have the right to declare a formal "Wöschchuchichrieg" (LaundryRoomWar) within 7 days after an incident happend. You will have to fill out form at your gemeinde and the Laundry Police will decide if you are entitled to burn your neighbours clothes. If they decide against you, you will have to give out half your laundry to Caritas.
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Yes, bronchitis!
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