27th May 2013 12:41am
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Is Caffeine Illegal Anywhere In The World?As part of a small bunch of random questions I think of in my little mind, this was one of them. I was wondering if Caffeine is actually illegal in any countries around the world. Now you might be just wondering, of course it isn't, but remember, the world is full of silly and strange laws and what-not, so sometimes you may be surprised what you find out.

However, at this current time, I'm happy to report that Caffeine is not illegal in any country around the world. But(!), that doesn't mean it has always been like that. According to a few sources, coffee (therefore caffeine) was made illegal for some classes in Mecca and in the Ottoman empire during parts of the 16th century. Our own King Charles II tried banning it in 1676. Coffee was also banned in Sweden during 1756-1769, 1794-1796, 1799-1802, and 1817-1823 and King Frederic II of Prussia (also known as Frederick the Great) banned it during his reign in 1777. These bans mainly weren't because of peoples health, but mainly because of economic, political or religious reasons.

So there you go... one of my random questions answered. Caffeine is not illegal anywhere in the world.

I feel like Stephen Fry now - haha.

 

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27th May 2013 05:06

I'm actually slightly disappointed that it isn't. :-/
By Marv


27th May 2013 08:40

Why? What's wrong with it?

Keeps me happy... though also keeps me awake at anti-social times.
By Dale Hay


27th May 2013 12:07

Nothing wrong with it, I'd just like to be slightly outraged at the country where it was illegal, that's all.
By Marv


18th Oct 2013 07:55

Actually, it is illegal in Denmark and Uruguay.
By Ari


17th Aug 2014 18:56

Thank you so much. My little ones have been learning about other countries and cultures, and they just asked this question. GREAT SUMMARY!
By katie delgado


4th Mar 2016 20:25

Illegal in Denmark, no chance!
By Sam


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