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Fewer Swedes attend funerals

The number of people attending funerals in Sweden has dropped by half since the 1980's, according to the Swedish Association of Funeral Directors

An average of 50 people said goodbye to loved ones at funerals during the end of the 1980s, compared to the current average of 25 visitors.

Ingvar Briland, a priest in the Lungarum parish of Jönköping, told Swedish Radio that fewer and fewer people attend funerals. "A burial nowadays is more an occasion for the closest members of the family rather than for the wider circle of aoquaintances and distant relatives, he says.

One reason for the trend is that fewer people in Sweden are now regarded as part of the nuclear family. In addition, colleagues from the workplace are less likely to show up for a funeral nowadays.

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