Tuesday, 29 November 2016

It Is Prohibited in Norway

Norway is famous for a number of doubtful prohibitions – some of them are outdated and some are introduced by politicians who think that they "know better" and are sure that it is necessary to protect people from themselves.

It Is Prohibited in Norway


Professional box is forbidden in Norway because, according to the law of 1981, of "unhealthy economic interest and medical side effects". In 2001, a new law was adopted that prohibits all competitions in sports that allow knockouts.


The Wine Monopoly (Vinmonopolet) forbids selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays, holidays and election days. However, in 2005 a law came into force that allows to sell beer after 1 pm on election days.

It Is Prohibited in Norway


Drinking alcoholic beverages in public places is punished with a fine of 1500 crones or even a detention in a jail up to six months. However, the experience shows that the police is not that strict and may turn a blind eye to drinking people whose behavior does not violate the norms. 


Since July 1st, 2011 it is prohibited to people younger than 18 years old to attend solar booths.

Studies show that the risk of getting a malignant melanoma increases by 75 per cent when solarium use starts before 30 years of age. "When the use of solariums among young people goes up, we have to react. The goal is to change attitudes and promote change in behavior in the population," the Minister of Health and Care Services, Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, says.

It was also decided that all solariums must have competent staff from 1 January 2014. 


It Is Prohibited in Norway

In Norway, fireworks can only be purchased by people 18 or older. Class 1, 2 and 3 fireworks are for sale from December 27 to December 31, and can only be fired between 6 pm and 2 am on New Year's Eve.


For a long time politicians and lawyers could not decide what a segway was. Is it closer to a bike, roller skates or a skateboard, or is it a real transport? Finally, the issue was solved.

It Is Prohibited in Norway

As a maximal speed of a segway can reach 20 km per hour, it has to comply with all the demands applicable to a car: breaks, indicator lamps, registration, insurance and an age limit of 16.


According to the law of 1995, permanent sales areas should no work on Sundays. The exception were the shops with the area size less than 100 square meters and gas stations with the area size less than 150 square meters.

It Is Prohibited in Norway

Such shops were nicknamed "Brustadbuer" ("Brustad shacks") – after Sylvia Brustad, a Norwegian politician for the Norwegian Labor Party – until the law was quietly repealed in 2003. Brustad herself claimed that she had not personally advocated the law, but that she was required to follow through on a decision within the Party.

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