You’re Not Allowed to Die Here….

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:…

“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.
Global Warming could be a spooky thing on so many different levels.
Ancient plagues rising from beneath the melting permafrost?
There’s another thing to keep me awake at night from worry.

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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