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It’s Forbidden to Die in Longyearbyen, Norway

Fact of the Day – It’s forbidden to die in Longyearbyen, Norway.

The town’s only cemetery closed over 80 years ago because it’s so cold that the bodies previously buried there have never decomposed due to the permafrost.

Instead, terminally ill residents are flown 1200 miles (2000 kilometers) south to Oslo to live their last days.

This no-death policy was put in place after scientists found active strains of the 1917 Influenza virus that killed more people than World War One.

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