Last year, 1,611 applications for the scattering of ashes were granted, which is an increase of 8.5 per cent from the previous year.
The figures were collected by Dagen from the county municipalities. Only in Innlandet and Oslo/Viken was there a decline from 2018 to 2019.
The increase was greatest in Trøndelag. 159 applications were granted in 2019 compared to 74 the previous year.
“I think this says something about what nature means to the inhabitants. It may be a testimony that many are connected to mountains or the sea,” says Bishop Herborg Finnset of the Diocese of Nidaros.
How many people actually chose to carry out the scattering of ashes is not known.
The scattering of ashes was allowed in 1996 but requires approval from the County Governor. The Norwegian church was against the scattering of ashes until 2012. Priests can still choose to abstain from scattering ashes.
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