Children No Longer Forbidden From Being Noisy in Berlin

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Germans really like their peace and quiet. In a country with an official quiet time at night and all day on Sundays, noisy children have been the source of hundreds of complaints each year from people living near kindergartens and children’s playgrounds. But the situation is about to change in Berlin now that local lawmakers have amended the city’s noise ordinance to exempt children. Germany’s capital is the first city to make it “fundamentally and socially tolerable” for kids to shout and scream, joining the likes of church bells, emergency sirens, snow ploughs and tractors that fall outside the noise rules.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


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