It’s become more expensive to be dead: grave rates go up


Burial space in the Netherlands has become more expensive again, according to new figures from funeral insurance company Monuta.

In the Netherlands graves are usually ‘rented’ for a period of 20 years from the local authority. After that, unless the period is extended for a fee, the bodies are reburied in a communal grave.

The costs for grave rights both in public cemeteries can differ greatly depending on the local councils, which set the rate. Monuta looked at the cost of a 20-year lease at some 1,700 cemeteries in the first three months of this year.

An average 20-year lease is currently €3,036 compared to €2,949 last year, a rise of 3%. The figures show Ede council has upped costs by a whopping 39% to €2,270. In absolute terms Westland was the biggest climber. Relatives there will have to fork out €1,271 more for a 20 year lease.

Groningen has long topped the list of most expensive burial space and this year is no exception. A burial site at the Esserveld cemetery costs €8,422. Losser in Overijssel is the cheapest at €765.

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