It’s criminal to die here!
  • Story Crux Team

Death is inevitable, but some places across the globe prohibit you from dying too! Yep, you read that right. We list five places where dying is illegal.

Sellia, Italy

Sellia’s population amounts to a mere 537 people, most of whom are over 65 years old. During the 1960s, the population was almost three times as much. A worried mayor then ordained that all people are “forbidden to fall sick within the municipality” and that “dying is prohibited”. Those not complying with regular health check-ups are penalised with up to ten euros a year!

Itsukushima, Japan

According to Shintoism, the island of Itsukushima in Japan is considered holy and followers are dedicated to maintaining the island’s purity by making sure that nobody dies here. The restriction barring people from dying has been in place since 1878.

Lanjaron, Spain

The 4000 residents of the Andalusian village of Lanjaron have also been forbidden to die. The inhabitants have to abide by this law until the government buys land for a new cemetery.

Sarpourenx, France

The beautiful town of Sarpourenx in France imposes a penalty on those who dare to die here. We have our doubts, of course, about how the sanctions affect the dead. The law was passed after a French court denied permission to expand the existing graveyard.

Longyearbyen, Norway

The frozen town of Longyearbyen in the Svalbard Islands of Norway is so cold that bodies never decompose here. People who are seriously ill or about to die are taken to other places in Norway to leave their earthly abodes for good.

Do you think making dying a crime is an effective measure to keep us from dying? We take it with a pinch of salt!

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