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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
Updated: 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.
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