Iceland outlaws striptease

violence1Strip shows have been banned in Iceland following a vote in the Althingi parliament yesterday.

A total of 31 of Althingi’s 63 MPs from across the political spectrum supported the bill. It was enthusiastically supported by all parties except The Movement and two of the Independence Party MPs abstained. No votes at all were cast against the bill, mbl.is reports. Some MPs chose not to be present to vote.

According to the new law, it is forbidden to offer strip shows or to offer the nudity of staff or others on-premises by any other means.

It was former Left Green MP and minister Kolbrun Halldorsdottir who first put the proposal forward. But the bill’s key backer now is Siv Friedleifsdottir, a Progressive Party MP. Steinunn Valdis Oskarsdottir of the Social Democrats described the parliamentary decision as historic.

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