Tired of the divisiveness in the United States? You’re not alone.
A whopping 2,909 Americans gave up their citizenship in the first three months of 2020 — faster than ever before, according to Bambridge Accountants New York.
If you’re among the crop looking to leave — but don’t have dual citizenship or a visa, look no further than Svalbard, Norway.
The arctic archipelago may have more polar bears than humans, but a little known treaty assures that, according to the BBC, “citizens of any country are welcome to settle in Svalbard without a visa as long as they have a job and a place to live.”
The treaty, signed after World War I, “stipulates the territory cannot be used for military purposes and makes Norway responsible for preserving the islands’ natural environment” — and that there can be no distinctions between Norwegians and non-Norwegians, effectively making newcomers Norwegian by default.
Home to the world’s northernmost university, church and brewery, the main industries in Svalbard are tourism and environmental or ecological research. Most of the 2,960 inhabitants, who hail from over 50 countries around the world, live in the capital, Longyearbyen.
But while Svalbard is achingly beautiful and open to all — it is formidable. Across the archipelago, there are only a few roads and even fewer amenities. There are no hospitals for pregnant women and, due to the permafrost, no burials allowed. Upon death, the local government requires bodies to be flown to mainland Norway. It’s also really cold — with temperatures only reaching a high of 44 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and below zero temperatures in the winter.
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