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Mankinis, bikinis and all other kinds of kinis will soon be banned on the streets of downtown Palma de Mallorca in Spain. Photo: Tom Henry
From bikinis to buskers: Spain's weirdest laws
Published: 14 May 2014 17:44 GMT+02:00
The Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca on Tuesday approved fines of €600 ($820) for people daring to go shirtless in the city centre. To honour the occasion, The Local has rounded up some of the strangest laws in Spain.
Which common activity is illegal during weddings in the southern city of Cadiz?
What must prostitutes wear while working the Catalan town of Els Alamus?
And why is it OK to name Spanish children Stalin but not Judas, or Apple?
To find out these answers to these questions and many more, visit The Local's gallery of Spain's strangest laws.
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao has just had its lease extended for another 20 years. Photo: Stefano Montagner/Flickr
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Marguette breaks down in tears after getting tongue tied while drawing Spain's Christmas lottery numbers. Screen grab: Efecto de Sonido/Youtube
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A Viking longship during the Up Helly Aa festival in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. File photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP
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The secretary-general of Spain's Podemos Party Pablo Iglesias (centre) with fellow party leader Íñigo Errejón. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP
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Spain's Princess Cristina (L) with former Spanish king Juan Carlos. File photo: AFP
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Terrorism in Spain
People hold banners reading "Exiles and prisoners back home' during a 2014 pro-Eta demonstration in Bayonne, France. Photo: Gaizka Iroz/AFP
The regional Basque government on Sunday unveiled a plan to facilitate the disarmament process of the terrorist group Eta, amid frustration over a lack of response from the Spanish government three years after the group ended its campaign of violence.
People protest against Spain's new public security law ("ley mordaza") in Madrid on Saturday. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP
Thousands of people across Spain protested against the country's new Citizen Security Law on Saturday, with critics saying the legislation seriously limits free speech.
Photo: Josep Lago/AFP
Luis Suarez celebrated Barcelona's final La Liga game of 2014 with his first league goal for the club in their 5-0 win over Cordoba at the Camp Nou on Saturday.