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The Danish Law on Tattooing

First I have to point out that this a layman's translation of law that normally is quite tricky. So please do not use it as authority.
The full Danish text follows the English translation.

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Nr.194.

 June 8. 

Law on Tattooing.

We FREDERIK THE NINTH by the grace of God King of Denmark, The Venders' and Goths', Duke to Slesvig, Holstein, Stormarn, Ditmarsken, Lauenborg and Oldenborg hereby makes public:
The Parliament has passed, and We by Our consent confirmed the following law:

§1. The one who tattoos a person under 18 years old, will be punished by  a fine or confinement, unless further punishment is due by other laws.
Stk.2 In the same way will the one be punished, who tattoos anyone in the head, on neck or hands.
§ 2. This law is valid from June 15. 1966.

§ 3. The law is not valid on the Faeroe Islands or in Greenland, but may be made valid by Royal decree in these parts of the land with the digressions necessary by special Faeroese or Greenlandic customs.

Given on Christiansborg Castle, June 8th 1966
by Our Royal Hand and Seal
Frederik R

Justitsmin.j.nr.L.A.496-65.
Folketingstid. 1965-66: 3493, 3579, 5289, 5466; A. 1403; B. 971; C. 431.
K.Axel Nielsen.

You will please note that, as mentioned the above is a layman's translation, and the fact that this is a DANISH law. Thus it is not valid in other countries. But most responsible tattoo artists all over the world will actually follow these rules. Unless off course the local traditions dictates otherwise (Like for instance the Maoris of New Zealand).

You may also note that it it the person who does the tattoo who will be punished. Off course it is not illegal to be tattooed in the head etc. You can not punish one who has been foolish enough to be tattooed in the head abroad. The tattoo is there after all, and it is a bit much to cut off the head!


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Read on, and you will find the original Danish text


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Nr.194.

 8. juni 

Lov om Tatovering.

VI FREDERIK DEN NIENDE, af Guds Nåde Konge til Danmark, de Venders og Goters, Hertug til Slesvig, Holsten, Stormarn, Ditmarsken, Lauenborg og Oldenborg, gør vitterligt:
Folketinget har vedtaget og Vi ved Vort samtykke stadfæstet følgende lov:

§1. Den, der tatoverer en person under 18 år, straffes med bøde eller hæfte, medmindre højere straf er forskyldt efter den øvrige lovgivning.
Stk.2 På samme måde straffes den, der tatoverer en person i hoved, på hals eller på hænder.
§ 2. Loven træder i kraft den 15. juni 1966.

§ 3. Loven gælder ikke for Færøerne og Grønland, men kan ved kgl. anordning sættes i kraft for disse landsdele med de afvigelser, som de særlige færøske og grønlandske forhold tilsiger.

Givet på Christiansborg slot, den 8. juni 1966.
Under Vor Kongelige Hånd og Segl.
FREDERIK R.

Justitsmin.j.nr.L.A.496-65.
Folketingstid. 1965-66: 3493, 3579, 5289, 5466; A. 1403; B. 971; C. 431.
K.Axel Nielsen.


 

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