Since 2008 Muslims living in the capital region have been looking for a suitable location for a cemetery. They have made enquiries in 16 different cities and towns in the Uusimaa region of southern Finland, even retaining the services of a consultant for their search, but all to no avail.

"You would certainly think that we would find an area in Uusimaa that could be rezoned for cemetery use," said deputy chair of the Finnish Islamic Council Pia Jardi.

According to Jardi the Council has received many different explanations, including claims that some towns don't have a suitable area of land. However Jardi said she suspects that the real reason is coolness towards Muslims.

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