I was sat here wide awake on holiday in Gibraltar and thought I would check the rules on nudity etc as I had been unable to get to sleep for so long I popped outside nude in the cool night air but had heard it was illegal to even go topless here. I spent a long time going through different websites but eventually found out that it was correct.
I began to think more about this and before I knew it I had found an article in a UK news paper that was taken from the website pour moi (link and credits at the end). They had put together a global map from various sources, one being Naked Wanderings, that shows where it is legal and where it is not to be topless or nude so I thought I would share some of this with you.
Here is the map
So here is a list of green countries
Mauritius - topless only, not full nude
Canada - only at nudist beaches or areas
Argentina - at nude beaches, other areas are not advised
Uruguay - topless is allowed and there is nude beaches
Israel - topless is allowed and there is nude beaches
Japan - full nudity mainly at onsens
South Korea - in designated areas
Thailand - in designated areas or nude beaches
Vietnam - no actual rules but topless and nude are more acceptable now
Austria - ok and common
Belgium - topless ok but full nude only on nudist beaches
Bulgaria - ok and lots of nudist beaches
Croatia - ok just about anywhere
Czech Republic - topless sunbathing allowed, no mention of nude
France - ok and lots of nudist beaches
Germany - ok and lots of nudist beaches
Greece - topless sunbathing allowed, no mention of nude
Hungary - nudist beaches and legal to sunbathe nude
Iceland - legal but not often done (cold)
Italy - topless ok but full nude only on nudist beaches
Latvia - topless ok but full nude only on nudist beaches
Lithuania - legal and some nudist beaches
Luxembourg - nudist beaches
Montenegro - nudist and topless areas
Netherlands - topless sunbathing allowed, no mention of nude
Norway - nudist beaches but topless not acceptable every where else
Portugal - ok just about anywhere
Serbia - legal and some nudist beaches
Slovakia - nudist beaches and areas
Slovenia - topless ok but full nude only on nudist beaches
Spain - ok just about anywhere
Sweden - only at nudist beaches or areas
Switzerland - topless ok and nude hiking ok
Ukraine - nudist beaches
United Kingdom - topless and nudist legal
New Zealand - ok just about anywhere
So that is the green list but as you will see mainly it is still in designated areas or beaches. There is only a handful that allow full nudity just about anywhere so nudists are still restricted a lot. The amber list is very confusing and I will let you read that on their website along with the red countries.
I still find it hard to understand why nudity is such a big issue as we are all nude when we are born and we have to be nude to shower or take a bath so why is nudity still an issue? It seems that in time things do change but will nudity follow on from other issues like racism or sexuality discrimination? Not without pressure from naturists and the governments putting in place an acceptance for nudity to try to get everyone on the planet to understand a realise that it is natural and should not be feared or made to be hidden away
We are basically being discriminated against, we believe that being nude and living life nude is the way we are most happy yet we are not allowed to be this way where ever we want to be …. is that not discrimination? Lets use Vera Playa as an example. There you can get up nude, take a shower and then walk out into the street still nude. You can pop in a restaurant for a breakfast still nude, wander down the street and pick up a newspaper whilst still nude and then head off to the beach to sunbathe and swim nude. At the end of the day you can then head to a restaurant for a lovely meal and then walk home still fully nude, sounds perfect?
Well sort off. You cannot go to the main supermarket nude or even topless. There is a nudist zone with signs to keep you in it or out of it depending on if you are a nudist or not. yet nudity in Spain is ok pretty much anywhere but try walking out of the naturist zone and wait for the abuse to start being hurled your way!
So is there any place where nudity is fully accepted? I had an idea last year that was to raise enough funds to buy an old hospital or similar and convert it to be a full naturist village with shops etc where naturists could live nude everyday but would it work? No. The problem is people want to be able to have family or friends round but they are not comfortable seeing them nude so they wont move there. Then there is the issues of deliveries etc. Try finding a company that would deliver to a nudist village, I think finding a needle in a hay stack would be easier.
And what does it come back to everytime … nudity is just not acceptable yet and probably wont ever be sadly.
Credit to Pour moi for the info and map