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Ban on 'spontaneous dancing' upheld in Sweden

'Spontaneous dancing' banned in Sweden.
‘Spontaneous dancing’ banned in Sweden. Image by Mats Hagwall / CC BY 2.0

It may sound like the plot from Footloose, but lawmakers in Sweden have voted to uphold a law prohibiting ‘spontaneous dancing’ in the country. Venues must be in possession of a dance licence or risk a fine if patrons begin to boogie. Police and politicians claim that dancing can lead to disorder, while opponents say the law is unenforceable and ‘an embarrassing bureaucratic relic’. Protesters against the motion plan to stage a demo at Stockholm’s annual Pride Parade on 1 August. Read more: thelocal.se