Norwegians are more than ever requestng to be cremated rather than buried after they die, with one in ten, asking for their ashes to be scattered in the Norwegian countryside, a study revealed on Friday.
The research conducted by Norstat for Jølstad funeral company, 10 percent of Norwegians asked said they wished to have their ashes spread when they die. That is an increase of two percent more than when a silimlar study was conducted two years ago.
Over 50 percent of those who wished a cremation, wanted to have their remains scattered in the Norwegian mountains, while the remainder said in the sea. The 2012 study found the same results but in reverse.
All together, 41 percent of people interviewed wished to be cremated after they passed away, an increase from 39 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, those who wanted a casket burial fell by 5 percent, from 36 to 31 percent.
Last year 354 people (0.9 percent of all who passed away) got their ashes scattered, according to the Norwegian Association of Churchyard Culture. This is an increase of 100 people and 0.3 percent up from from 2012.
Norwegians who want to have their ashes scattered in the country must apply for the legal right to do so before they die. It is possible for the next of kin to apply after an individual has passed away, but it must be proven to be a legitimate wish from the deceased.