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Cold shoulder to Iceland strippers

Iceland has voted to ban striptease shows, making it an offence for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees.

Iceland's legislature, the Althingi, passed the ban with just two abstentions and no votes against, although almost half the country's 63 MPs were absent.

Both opponents and supporters of the bill said yesterday it was a European first.

Nude dancing was heavily regulated in Iceland, a nation which combines liberalvalues with a strong women's movement.

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