Who is in charge of the burial of a person who has died without heirs?

Any costs incurred by the burial will be paid from the funds of the estate. If the estate has funds, close friends and family of the deceased may organise a burial with reasonable costs considering the funds of the estate. If no one undertakes the task of organising the burial or there are no funds, the most recent home municipality of the deceased should be contacted, as it is ultimately responsible for organising the burial according to section 23 of the act on burials (Hautaustoimilaki 6.6.2003/457).

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