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The 10 most bizarre laws in Switzerland

Updated on November 16, 2023

Switzerland is very famous for its many laws and obligations. We tried to find some of the most bizarre ones. Here are the most bizarre ones:

  1. After 10 pm it is amongst others illegal to slam car doors, wear high heels in your apartment or flush the toilet because it could disturb the neighbors. This statutory "Nachtruhe" (night rest) applies from 10 pm to 6 am. 
  2. It is prohibited to drive while wearing flip-flops.
  3. You are allowed to eat cat or dog meat by yourself. But if you invite somebody over for such a meal, it is seen as a criminal act. 
  4. It is not allowed to hang up laundry outside on Sundays. According to the Homeowners Association (HEV), the law is based on the fact that it does not look very good.
  5. In Switzerland, you are not entitled to possess one guinea pig. Every guinea pig needs a buddy. The same applies to budgies, lamas, horses, and goldfish. 
  6. If you leave your car and forget to take the ignition key with you, the police might punish you with a fine of CHF 60.-.
  7. In the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Ausserrhoden, it is illegal to hike naked. The officials in Switzerland call the matter of fact “obscene behavior.” 
  8. In some cantons of Switzerland, it is not permitted to dance on holidays like Good Friday.
  9. When fishing, it is forbidden to take a selfie with a fish you caught if you intend to throw it back into the water later.
  10. And last but not least: Until 2015, the Swiss air force was allowed to fly only between 8 am and 5 pm. In 2019, they expanded their readiness from 6 am to 10 pm.

As you can see, there is a law for almost everything in Switzerland, and it’s almost impossible to keep track of all of them.
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