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(London Independent) A graveyard free of any religious symbols has been opened in Sweden to cater to the country’s growing number of atheists.

 

Josef Erdem, a teacher from Borlänge in central Sweden, first proposed the idea because he wanted people to “decide for themselves what their graves should look like”.

 

He said he had grown up in Kurdistan and as a result his worldview had been shaped by having friends from all walks of life.

 

He sent in the formal application for the ground after negotiating with local representatives of the Church of Sweden.

 

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