The Legislation of Gambling, Drugs, and Alcohol Around the World
Gambling, drugs, and alcohol are some of the world’s most common and destructive causes of addiction, misery, and
even death. What’s worse, the laws that are supposed to help and protect are often confusing and can cause more
harm than good.
So, to help you stay out of trouble and navigate the global legislative landscape, we created an interactive
world map of gambling, drug, and alcohol laws.
Explore the current legislative landscape of gambling, drugs, and alcohol. Use the tabs below to switch between maps, and click any country to learn more about its laws.
Laws that seem strange to people from other countries are almost everywhere. Browse some of the best examples of curious laws below.
In the Czech Republic, it is technically legal to confiscate the property of German and Hungarian expats and force them out of the country, based on the Beneš Decrees, which came into effect following WW2.
In France, it is legal to marry your deceased significant other if you can prove the two of you had plans to marry preceding their death.
In Greece, it is illegal to wear high heels in the Acropolis to prevent damaging the landmark.
In Italy, it is illegal to feed pigeons in Venice to protect the historic town from poopy birds.
In Poland, all depictions of Winnie the Pooh are illegal because the cartoon bears "pantslessness" was deemed too risqué for children.
In Switzerland, the surprisingly popular activity of naked hiking is illegal.
North and Latin America
In Bolivia, it is illegal for a married woman to drink more than a single glass of wine, as the authorities believe this will make her immoral and lead to an increase in affairs and divorces.
In Mexico, dangerous biking is illegal.
In Colombia, buying knives is legal, but their carrying is illegal.
In Alaska, it is illegal to be drunk in a bar.
In California, it is illegal to eat a frog that died during a frog-jumping contest instead of promptly destroying its remains.
In Florida, it is illegal to organize "dwarf-tossing" contests (their words, not ours) in bars.
In Minnesota, it is illegal to play games of "catch the oiled pig".
In Colorado, it is illegal to change the weather without a permit.
In Oregon, it is illegal to leave a container of urine or feces on the side of the road or to throw such a container from your car.
In South Carolina, it is illegal to seduce a woman with the promise of marrying her if you are a male aged over 16. No such law exists for women.
In China, it's illegal to reincarnate as the Buddha without getting proper governmental approval.
In Japan, it is illegal to clone yourself or to put ice cream into a stranger's mailbox.
In the Philippines, rape can be excused if the rapist marries their victim.
In Malaysia, it is illegal to fail a suicide attempt because it is legally viewed as attempted murder.
In North Korea, it is illegal and punishable by death to make an international phone call, disrespect the Great Leader, eat, drink, smile, or talk loudly on the Great Leader's death anniversary.
In India, it is illegal to fly a kite without a flight permit.
In Iran, it is illegal for men to spike their hair or pluck their eyebrows because it is proof of devil-worship.
In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to sell cats and dogs due to authorities fearing that men could use these furry friends to attract casual sex partners.
In Kazakhstan, it is illegal for women (and possibly men, we don't judge) to enjoy the delights of lacy underwear for "health and safety concerns".
In Sudan, it is illegal to practice sorcery.
In Nigeria, it is illegal to be a witch, punishable by a prison sentence.
In Morocco, it is illegal to kill mice unless it is for your own consumption.
In Egypt, people who do not vote in the presidential election can be fined up to LE 500 (around $30).
In South Africa, there are three types of marriage available.
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