The body of a man in his 60s has been found in an apartment in Oslo, Norway. The man had been dead for nine years, but had been married multiple times before and had children. His death has sparked controversy in the country about the role of technology in reducing physical contact in society.
Norwegian police say a man’s body has been found in an apartment in the country’s capital Oslo. The unnamed man, aged in his 60s, has been found dead for nine years.
According to state broadcaster NRK, the man had been married more than once and had children.
Neighbours said they believed the person found dead was usually hanging out on his own, moving out when they didn’t see him or being taken to an institution.
The incident occurred when the apartment attendant called the police after she couldn’t find anyone in the apartment to maintain the building.
However, police believe he died in April 2011 due to a carton of milk and a letter found in the man’s apartment. An autopsy showed he died of natural causes.
CONTINUED TO PAY INVOICES AUTOMATICALLY FROM ITS ACCOUNT
On the other hand, it turned out that the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) also stopped the pension in 2018 after failing to contact the man, but his bills continued to be paid automatically from his bank account.
Oslo police inspector Grete Lien Metlid said in a statement that she and her colleagues had had a long discussion about how someone could stay dead for so long without anyone noticing.
“This was a special situation and it made us ask questions about how it might happen. According to the picture we have, clearly he was someone who chose to communicate very little with others,” said Metlid.
Arne Krokan, a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said that if the man had died 30 years ago, his death would not have been discovered for 9 years. Krokan argued that the situation was a result of new technology systems reducing physical contact between members of society.