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Protection of Minors

A special law in Germany protects children and minors in public. The law called the "Jugendschutzgesetz" lays out what children and minors are permitted to do without supervision by their parents. For example, children under 16 are not permitted to smoke cigarettes. Minors under the age of 16 (or 18 depending on the strength of the alcohol) may not be served alcoholic beverages. After 10 pm, minors under the ages of 16 or 18 are only allowed in public places like discos under certain circumstances. More information on the protection of minors is available from the youth welfare office ("Jugendamt").

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