thumbRNS-NJ-BUSINESS033114.jpgIf the Daily Mail can be believed, Sweden has opened its first cemetery for atheists because the majority of the population do not believe in God.

The neutral burial place is in Borlange in central Sweden and was proposed by a teacher in the country, who is originally from Kurdistan. 

Josef Erdem applied for the land after negotiations with the Church of Sweden. Following the discussions, it was agreed that the church will maintain the graveyard but will have no further involvement with the cemetery.

Sweden has the second-highest number of non-religious people in the world, per head of population. Mr. Erdrem says "'I've spoken to a lot of people about this, many of them religious, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. 'In fact the reaction has been positive from religious and non-religious people alike across the country.'

People of faith are allowed to be buried in the cemetery but will not be able to have religious symbols or marks of religion on their headstones.

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