The Island Where It’s Illegal To Die
Yes, this is the island where it’s illegal to die. In 2018, on Planet Earth, there’s a place where dying is illegal. By law, how else? Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost town and it’s located in the Svalbard archipelago, which is part of Norway. It’s extremely close to the Arctic circle, so living here is considered by most a nightmare in itself. Not to mention that you are not even allowed to die…
Another thing that’s illegal on this island is to go outside your house unarmed. This is due to the fact that at any moment, a polar bear can attack you and you must be able to defend yourself.
For over 50 years, this Norwegian island’s population has been composed mostly from miners, which are around 2,100. In 1950, local scientists realized that the bodies buried in the town’s cemetery are actually preserved due to permafrost, which over time forced coffins to surface from the ground.
Temperatures here usually go below -26 Fahrenheit (-32 Celsius), making almost everything impossible to decompose. This means that every virus is well preserved and a pandemic event could be just around the corner.
This happened in Longyearbyen back in 1918, when the Spanish Flu hit the island. This disease killed 5% of the world’s population. That is when the local authorities from Longyearbyen decided to make the act of dying on the island illegal. People who are in terminal phases are sent to Oslo, Norway’s capital, to die and they are also buried there.
However, a small cemetery is present in the town, but only cremated remains can be buried there.
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If you’re thinking of moving here, you’re in for some good news! The entire archipelago is a visa-free zone and everyone can move, live and work here regardless of citizenship! Start packing your bags!