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Sweden continues its ban on dancing: Country votes to uphold law that stops activity taking place in public


Sweden has voted to keep a controversial law that bans unlicensed dancing in public – and even includes ‘illegally moving your feet to music’.

Owners of bars, clubs or restaurants that lack a dance permit can still be fined if customers ‘dance spontaneously and without permission’, MPs have ruled.

Police have backed the law arguing that permits are needed because dancing creates chaos, which can lead to disorder and fighting.

But opponents have branded the rule an ’embarrassing bureaucratic relic’ which should be scrapped.

Nightclub owner Anders Varveus said he is planning a street-dance march in August similar to a protest organised in 2012.

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