If you’re considering moving to another country, your head is probably crammed with plans and details – tax issues, hiring a York removal company, time differences, language barriers… it’s stressful to say the least!

With so much to think about, many people forget to look up the laws of the land they’re moving to – and it’s fair to say that some of the laws that still reside around Europe are pretty odd! Here are some of the most obscure and strange laws from around Europe, for those planning the big move…


In France, it is illegal for a pig to be addressed as Napoleon by its owner. You might think the name you’ve given your new porker is quirky and irreverent, but the French authorities might see it differently! It’s also illegal to take photos of police officers or their vehicles.


If you’re driving along the motorway in Germany, you’d better make sure you’ve got plenty of fuel! It’s illegal for a car to run out of gas on the Autobahn, which is the German road for highway. If you want to go on strike in Germany, it’s illegal to wear a mask while doing so, and pillows are also classed as ‘passive weapons’ – so no pillow-fighting in the street!


Fancy a move to the sun-kissed islands of Greece? We don’t blame you! But beware – it’s illegal to dance naked in the Acropolis (just in case anyone was thinking of trying it), and if you turn up to tour a religious or culturally significant site in high heels, you’ll be asked to take them off and complete the tour barefoot. Couponing is also illegal in Greece, which means your attempts to be extra thrifty could land you in court!


In Venice, it was once a tradition for tourists to hold out handfuls of seeds or nuts and turn themselves into a human bird perch. Unfortunately, the practice is actually illegal, and those found to be breaking this law can be fined – sometimes up to $700 (which is around £450 – yikes!).


Scandinavia is renowned for its high quality of life, but they have a few odd laws too. If you sell a flag that has a message painted or written on it, you could be fined, and if you want to paint your house, you must first seek a license to do so.

Looks like those planning a move abroad have a lot to think about! Why not take a look at our house removals in Yorkshire – it’s quick and budget-friendly, and it’ll free up your time to think about how you’re going to get away with having a pillow-fight on the streets of Berlin.


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