Dying Ban in the City of Longjerbijen

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The Norwegian island of Svalbard is home to the officially northernmost town in the world Longjerbijen — where people are prohibited from dying.

In fact, if any of the residents is seriously ill or dying, they are urgently transported to the mainland by plane or boat. Even if a person happens to die in town, the deceased can’t be buried there. Also, cats are not allowed as pets because they are believed to endanger the birds. On top of all this, all of the town’s inhabitants have the permission to walk around with guns because of high risk of encounters with polar bears, which are estimated at more than 3,000. It seems that the dying ban here does not apply to the bears.

 

 

 

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