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Flats for the needy given to the aristocracy: report

Published: 04 Apr 2011 16:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Apr 2011 16:45 GMT+02:00

A Stockholm-based foundation providing apartments for the less well-off, is under investigation after having allowed a number of wealthy politicians, church officials and members of the aristocracy to benefit.

The Hultenheim-Wernstedtska foundation is to be subject to an investigation by the Stockholm county administrative board, to examine if the foundation's by-laws have been broken.

"We are going to have a look at their assignment regulations," said lawyer Jenny Stenhammar at the board to tenants association magazine Hem & Hyra.

The foundation was formed in the will of Anna Florence Emilia von Wernstedt in 1954. Von Wernstedt donated all her worldly goods to a foundation with the purpose of providing home and sustenance to "needy, educated, mature women".

But a country administrative board inspection of housing foundations has revealed that the board for the Hultenheim-Wernstedtska foundation has removed the word "needy" from its by-laws in apparent direct contravention of von Wernstedt's dying wish.

The magazine furthermore reveals that several of the foundations apartments have been let to a number of women with considerable incomes and wealth, including several Moderate Party politicians.

The county administrative board has the overall responsibility for foundations based in the capital and to see that regulations and by-laws are adhered to. If a foundation is found to be operating in contravention of its original purpose, there is scope to instruct changes and to impose fines.

The foundation's board consists of representatives from the Assembly of Nobles (Riddarhuset), the Fredrika Bremer Foundation and Ersta Diakoni. The magazine reported that the apartments have in effect been divided between the three organizations.

The chairperson of the Hultenheim-Wernstedtska foundation board, Carl Henric Kuylenstierna, expressed surprise at the county board's criticism.

"If these organizations take on that responsibility, it is quite reasonable to find candidates who belong to these organizations. I can't think why people would otherwise get involved," he said.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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17:01 April 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
Put a snake in each apartment.
17:06 April 4, 2011 by nlidukdese
Not only is this article yet another illustration of the pervasive, institutionalised corruption in Sweden, the comment by Kuylenstierna also demonstrates the genuine surprise that anybody would object to such corruption.

Yet, Sweden still scores high in the rankings of Transparency International. But that is because TI considers perceived corruption. And apparently none of TI's sources perceives Sweden as being corrupt.
18:00 April 4, 2011 by Nemesis
They have not even scratched the surface on corruption in Sweden.

If they had not been lining the pockets of the wealthy I would have been suprised.
07:37 April 5, 2011 by Borilla
As Orwell says: All pigs are equal but some are more equal than others.
12:45 April 5, 2011 by cogito
The official government housing authority, bostadsförmedling, has practices the same corruption. Offspring of politicians and high bureaucrats, union bosses and other cronies get moved to the head of the queue.
18:28 April 7, 2011 by Staffs
It's not corrution, we live in a commercial world.

Study contract law, we are mere chattels of our owners.
17:12 April 8, 2011 by zoroastrina
"Put a snake in each apartment", or a half-starved python, or a man-

eating tiger. Eat the rich! Well, not really? "They have not even scratched the surface on corruption in Sweden. If they had not been lining the pockets of the wealthy, I would have been surprised. "As Orwell says: All pigs are equal but some are more equal than others." Bravo!!! "Bostadsförmedling": Wohnungsvermittlung This is a housing agency that is not distributing its resources to those in real need.

I grew up in a slum district in a now decaying industrial town in southern New York State in the second half of the 1930s. My dear mother was of pure Irish blood! My father beat her to a pulp regularly, knocking her down the stairs of the slum rented house and smashing everything of value to her; that's how I ended up with a German (ugh!) name. I'll always remember my mother's wonderful and oft repeated truism: "The rich, they think their s... don't stink." Eat the rich! Overthrow the government of the financial aristocracy.
23:07 November 18, 2011 by Coalbanks
When Koch was mayor of New York City he had a rent-controlled apt courtesy of the tax-payer, paid 1/10th of real cost! Politicians are corrupt by definition, inclination, practice.
20:14 January 24, 2012 by Augustina
i am a working mother of 42 who moved to Sweden three years ago, got a a job and at the moment homeles with a teenage daughter...the Swedish housing system sucks and this is just a slap on the face telling you that in Sweden, if you have no money...you are more or less dead!
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