Like taxes, death is inevitable. Dying is part of life. What happens when a natural occurrence like death is criminalized? Like who would want to penalise dying? Some places didn’t get the memo apparently. Here are 6 places in the world where it is illegal to die:
1. Sellia, Italy
This Italian town has a population of just over 500 people, many of whom are in their 60’s. In response to the population crisis, the Mayor of the town outlawed dying. It is also forbidden to get sick within the town. Offenders are fined €10 annually.
2. Sarpourenx, France
This French town made a law that made dying illegal after the town authorities could not get permission to expand the town’s cemetery.
3. Biritiba Mirim, Brazil
The Mayor of this town in Brazil had to resort to a law penalizing dying after the town’s graveyard became full. The town wasn’t authorized to build a new graveyard as areas around the town are considered preservation areas, hence the Mayor’s need to make a law prohibiting kicking the bucket.
4. Cugnaux, France
This French town has had to decree “No dying or else” as their burial ground is full. The community couldn’t get permission to turn a nearby airfield into a cemetery.
5. Lanjaron, Spain
This Spanish town in Granada banned dying because they ran out of space in their cemetery. The ban on dying was a temporary fix till town authorities could get suitable land to convert to a new graveyard.
6. Falciano del Massico, Italy
This southern Italian town has outlawed dying till they can build a new cemetery as the current one is filled to the brim.
7. Longyearbyen, Norway
This winter wonderland town in Norway has forbidden dying within its borders as the bodies are perfectly preserved by the permafrost and never decompose.