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German Children Win Legal Right to be Loud

In a ruling that is sure to inspire whippersnappers, rapscallions, ne’er-do-wells, and tow-headed rascals worldwide, German children have won the legal right to be noisy, thanks to a recent amendment to Berlin’s city statutes.

Berlin has stiff — some would say absurdly rigid — laws regarding noise pollution. According to the BBC, “hundreds of complaints are made each year about noise levels in kindergartens and children’s playgrounds.” But thanks to this new and progressive law, kindergarteners and playground-players are no longer criminals.

They do, however, have to obey the “official quiet time at night and all day Sunday.”

BBC News:

Children in the German capital Berlin are to be exempt from strict laws on noise pollution.

An amendment to the city’s law now makes it “fundamentally and socially tolerable” for members of the younger generation to make a racket.

Until now, only church bells, emergency sirens, snow ploughs and tractors have fallen outside the stringent rules on excessive noise in Germany.


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