The Longyearbyen town of Svalbard, a Norwegian island territory in the Arctic Ocean, is one of the northernmost settlements in the world and a place where the law forbids dying.
Persons who are likely to die soon are transported to Norway by airplane
There is a cemetery in the city, but it has not been used anymore since the early-1950s when the local authorities have promulgated a law according to which is forbidden to die on the Longyearbyen territory.
The law, which is still respected there for more than 70 years, is based on the fact that due to the chilly climate of Longyearbyen the corpses buried in the local cemetery are not decomposing, becoming an attraction for wild animals such as polar bears, polar foxes, and wolves which are lurking from just outside the town.
Persons who are likely to die soon are transported to Norway by airplane.
Longyearbyen is the place from where mutated or unknown viruses can emerge
Back in the early-2000, scientists have visited the town to study the climate’s effects on the dead bodies which are still buried in the local cemetery. The science team has observed that some of the corpses in the graveyard have been buried there in 1917 after being killed by the influenza virus.
Surprisingly, the corpses were still presenting living forms of the virus.
With prey animals lurking from the town’s suburbs, with bodies which possess living forms of the viruses that killed them, and with the lack of any medical care unit, the residents of Longyearbyen are prone to lots of dangers, especially during the polar nights when the sunlight is not seen for months.
Even more, some people consider the remote city a hazardous place from where mutated or unknown viruses and maladies might emerge.
According to its residents, Longyearbyen, the Arctic town where the law forbids dying, is frequently visited by researchers and strange teams with peculiar thoughts in their minds.