Hilarious, punny article on cremations from The Economist. Apparently, around 70% of Britain’s dead people are cremated, compared to only 50% in Australia. The periodical offers a theory (and it has nothing to do with Shane Warne):
The availability of land for burial may matter too. In densely populated Japan and Hong Kong cremation is a common choice. That may also explain why the British are keener than Australians on cremations.