The body of a lonely man lay in an apartment in Oslo for nine years before he was found. This is reported by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).
The deceased was found when his guardian asked the police to open the apartment for repairs. Police suspect the older man died of natural causes in April 2011, judging by the expiration date on a milk carton in his refrigerator.
The man was reported to be very withdrawn and uncommunicative. So when he suddenly disappeared, the neighbours assumed that he was taken to a nursing home or that he had moved. Since 2018, his pension has ceased to be accrued, but apartment bills continued to be automatically paid. It is known that the man was married at least twice and had several children, so the police are puzzled as to why no one missed him over the years.
In February, it was reported that the post of Minister of Solitude had appeared for the first time in the Japanese government. The Cabinet of Ministers believes that the problem of lonely people has become especially aggravated during the pandemic. The authorities plan to conduct a population census to identify single people and help them.