It’s illegal to be buried in Longyearbyen, Norway, the northernmost town in the world, where a melting permafrost threatens to uncover bodies and revive ancient diseases. Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/video/ind…
“Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen was directed by David Freid. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.
Here’s a quote from the YouTube comments…..from “Icepeople”:
As someone who’s been a newspaper editor in Longyearbyen for ten years, the premise of this article/video is somewhat inaccurate since people have had their ashes buried in the cemetery in Longyearbyen and had their ashes scattered across the sea/land nearby as recently as this year (it’s the concerns related to burying actual bodies that makes that illegal here). And the title is definitely wrong – people have died here from polar bear attacks, extreme weather, air/boat/vehicle accidents and plenty of other things. The policy refers more to the terminal ill, infirm elderly, etc.