In the town of longyearbyen, Norway, you are not allowed to die. If you’re sick or dying, the officials there will send you to the mainland, and if you do happen to die in in town, no one will bury you.
The town has this policy for nearly 80 years, and cemetery is closed since 1918. The main reason behind this is that the temperatures in the town of Longyearbyen drop below -45.5° Celsius and the permafrost is thick. After buying bodies at the cemetery, locals soon realized that the bodies at the cemetery, locals soon realized that the bodies simply weren’t decomposing.
Bodies in the cemetery were so we’ll preserved that Scientists found living traces of the Spanish flu pandemic. The Spanish flu was thought to have been eliminated just after world war 1 and is believed to the responsible for the deaths of around 80 million people. Since this flu burned it out before modern out before modern medicine could study it, the treatment or vaccination for the disease is still unknown.
The samples recoverd from graves of longyearbyen cemetery has given Scientists a new opportunity to find ways to fight the disease. This disease sitting in their cemetery for close to 100 years led the town to double-down their no-death policy.