It is basically punishable to carry a knife or similar sharp tool in public places. The provision is to safeguard the population and prevent serious acts of violence.
The prohibition does not apply when the objects are carried in connection with work, outdoor life or other worthwhile pursuits says
section 189 of the Penal Code on carrying illegal arms in public places.
This means, for example, that craftsmen who use a knife in their work can carry it at work. The police nevertheless recommend that the knife be little visible or kept in a car or at a workplace if you are going to the store to shop, to a cafe for lunch, or are on the way to or from work and the like.
Anyone who carries a knife or similar sharp object in a public place can be arrested if the police are in doubt.
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