According to the Hyde Flippo classic, ‘When in Germany Do as the Germans Do’ the German, “Way of death is perhaps even more regulated than the German way of life. The German propensity to regulate almost every aspect of daily life carries over into the afterlife, with Germany’s funeral industry among the most regulated in the world.”Even once you kick the bucket, in Germany, the Government still has control over your density.

No, today we’re not talking about estate taxes, but actually where you are legally “able” to be laid to rest.

Aside from burial at sea, the German law of Friedhofspflicht (in English: cemetery obligation) mandates that your corpse or even just ashes, get buried in a properly sanctioned cemetery.

That’s right. No, urns on the mantel. In Germany, it is strictly a graveyard affair.

Talk about propping up a dying industry.

Due to the high cost of complying with the German law, some citizens have found that it is easier and cheaper to either donate their loved-one to science, or to just embrace corpse tourism, which is basically popping over to neighboring countries with their deceased.

Before you decide to plan Oma’s next trip though, keep in mind that back in 2015, Bremen voted to relax Friedhofspflicht to allow for burials on private property.