10 Craziest Laws In Turkey Istanbul You Didn’t Know Existed!!!

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe A mesmerizing mix of the exotic and the familiar, Turkey is much more than its clich�d image of a �bridge between East and West�

Invaded and settled from every direction since the start of recorded history, it combines influences from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Central Asia The friendliness of the Turkish people makes visiting a pleasure; indeed you risk causing offence by declining invitations, and find yourself making friends through the simplest of transactions But before you pack your bags for Turkey here are 10 craziest laws of the country that you must know These laws are so weird and stupid that it may disturb you Before we begin, feel free to subscribe the channel and press the bell icon for instant notifications from Facts-On-5

Now Let's get started Number 10 Illegal Love We can find many famous quotation of love in different literature Many people have set craziest examples of love

But Turkey is bit skeptical about love and has set boundaries for lovers It is actually against the law to fall in love with a neighbor's son, daughter, wife, servant or any of his animals Well Love has no boundaries but the laws do Number 9 Olive Purloining

Olives have been indispensable ingredients of the Turkish culture, and the Mediterranean cuisine and it is vital for the industry of Turkey Today, it is possible to find eighty domesticated varieties of olive in Turkey Turkey is the fifth largest Olive producer in the world Currently, five hundred thousand Turkish families are involved in the olive business, and there are around one and a half million olive farmers In a country obsessed to its Olives, it is actually illegal to steal olives before they are ripe and you can attract jail sentence of up to 2 years for the voilation of this law

Well the only thing I can say is do not steal anything and if you need to steal just wait till it gets ripened Number 8 Illegal Coffee In Turkey, during the 16th and 17th centuries, it was illegal to drink coffee and anyone caught doing so was sentenced to death The reason behind this cruel and bit bizarre law is political

The coffeehouses had become associated with political activities and the Ottoman sultan of that time, wanted to curb rebellious behaviour, for which he put this crazy law into effect Turkey's intriguing history with coffee may be the reason behind the existence of many tea lovers than coffee lovers in Turkey However, nowadays you can enjoy your coffee without any fear Number 7 Age Of Pilots

You can begin flight training at any age To fly solo in the aircraft you need to be at least 16 years old To be eligible for a private pilot certificate, you must be at least 17 years old However, according to the FAA the mandatory retirement age of airline pilots from 60 to 65 Turkey once again made itself peculiar by making a crazy law in which it is actually illegal for men over the age of 80 to become pilots

So if you are above 65 you can still be a pilot in Turkey Well that sounds great or crazy? Number 6 Women Turkey is a secular state with no official state religion However, Islam is the dominant religion of Turkey with 99

8 percent of the population being registered as Muslim and we all know how strict is Islamic religion In many cases the status of women is inferior in Islamic religion and that may be the reason behind this crazy rule Actually in Turkey, All married women must get their husband�s permission if they wish to have a job, they must live wherever the husband wishes to reside, and they must forfeit all jointly held assets upon divorce from her husband Isn't it bit discriminative? Well, thanks to women empowerment this law is fading gradually Number 5

The nation Turkey is extremely protective when it comes to the matter of national pride First of all be respectful of the Turkish Flag Don't put it on places where people sit or stand, don't drag it, don't wrinkle it, don't contaminate it, don't use it as a dress or uniform In Turkey it is an offence to insult the Turkish nation or the national flag, or to deface or tear up the national currency

Furthermore the desecration of the Turkish flag is a punishable offence In addition, it is against the law to disrespect to the name or image of, Mustafa Kemal Atat�rk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic, or to insult the Turkish government or security forces Number 4 The gestures This is not a law but performing certain gestures which are common in western world is bit rude expression in Turkey

So, it is good enough to know about those gestures Making an, O, with your thumb and forefinger, as if to say okay, is rude because you are making the gesture for a hole, which has connotations referring to homosexuality in the Turkish psyche Avoid clicking your tongue Some people do this subconsciously at the beginning of a sentence It is a gesture of dismissal

Also the got your nose, gesture which is made by making a fist and putting your thumb between your forefinger and the middle finger is considered the equivalent of the middle finger in Turkey Number 3 Insult Law Turkey actually has a law against �insult crimes� You can even go to jail for insulting Turkey and Turkish

In America we have hate-crime legislation and laws against workplace discrimination Germany has hate-speech laws but But in Turkey, simply saying the wrong word can land you in the bing A Turkish soccer player named, Gobbledygook Beelzebub, almost went to jail He was given a two-and-a-half-month suspended jail sentence for calling someone a racial slur The law is truly bizarre

Is putting someone in a cage supposed to make them less racist? No government should be given the power to ban words So next time when you are in Turkey just watch your tongue Number 2 The spy Turkish law is very restrictive about foreign nationals buying real estate

You actually need military's permission to buy any real estate in Turkey The entire law was put into effect due to national secuirty worries The foreign buyers to apply to the Turkish General Staff, or a department appointed by them, to ensure the property that foreigners are interested in is not located in a military zone, nor too close to a sensitive target Number 1 Election Day

In Turykey, You can't buy alcohol on Election Day For most of us, Election Day involves only two major obligations Vote, and use social media to chastise anyone who didn't vote In Turkey, they take things a step further by prohibiting the sale of alcohol So, these were 10 craziest laws in Turkey

Before we end here is an interesting fact about Turkey The longest Turkish word is, Muvaffakiyetsizlestiricilestiriveremeyebileceklerimizdenmissinizcesineyken, which has 74 letters Loosely translated it means, As though you are from those whom we may not be able to easily make into a maker of unsuccessful ones Try saying it after you drink a few beers Hope you enjoyed

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