• Sweden edition
 
Swedish couple blown off over shades of grey

Swedish couple blown off over shades of grey

Published: 04 Sep 2012 13:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Sep 2012 13:44 GMT+02:00

“It’s so dull that this kind of thing can happen,” said disgruntled resident Ellinor Johansson to The Local.

“The house is my boyfriend’s – surely he can paint it whichever colour he likes. And I don’t see what the problem is with grey!”

The couple notified the Höör municipality in March that they would be painting the house and garage but had to wait until September for the response, which informed them that their choice of paint colour was simply not permissible.

“All the houses on our side of the street are painted in a similar colour. They’re all from the seventies and don’t even look that great. We were told that we just couldn’t paint the house in the colour we'd chosen.”

“What’s worse – all the houses on the other side of the street are really modern, and are all painted in different colours. It doesn’t make sense."

While the painting plans have been put on hold, Johansson explains that the fight is far from over.

“We’ll probably lodge an appeal against their decision, who knows where it will lead, but hopefully we’ll end up with a grey house,” she told The Local.

Oliver Gee

Follow Oliver on Twitter here

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

14:48 September 4, 2012 by Abe L
Sweden, the country where your neighbours decide what colour you can or can't paint your house in.

Having to get permission to colour your house in a certain colour is ridiculous in the first place, it's YOUR house.
15:37 September 4, 2012 by poppycockcoconut
It's not only in Sweden that this can be an issue. Many of neighborhoods in the states that have Home Owners Associations are subject to this same BS. If I want my house purple, I'm going to paint it purple. I don't care if it matches the other houses, or if offends you, don't look at it.
17:29 September 4, 2012 by Swedishmyth
At least HOA's are private, and there are houses that aren't connected to them. These people actually had to apply to a municipality for a permit to paint their own house.

If they were to go ahead with it anyway, what crime would they be charged with? Unlawful harmless utilization of one's own property?
22:04 September 4, 2012 by krattan
My house is ugly and the state says it's gonna stay that way.
16:46 September 5, 2012 by oldonpalouse
My wife has always told a version of this story from 60 years ago as one reason why she left Sweden. Is the sameness of color because of 'lagom'? Must everyone be the same or have the same opportunity for a pleasing color?
18:59 September 7, 2012 by KossBoss
@oldonpalouse

No, I don't think it sounds like it would due the reason to be lagom. Lagom is a virtue or ideal that means that things should be well balanced, not that everyone or everything should be the same.

However, I do know that many older housing areas where the houses are culture marked, have restrictions on what colors and other modifications that are permitted to preserve it's historical value. And like some other person said above, this is not only an issue in Sweden, which regarding this particular case is quite rare actually. Instead, look at the gate communities in the US with all their rules and fine selectivity. I doubt they would allow you to paint your house pink or turn your fence to graffitti in there. That would be like committing suicide. ;)

One of my neighbours' yard looks like a junk yard and I wouldn't mind if they moved at all.
Today's headlines
Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution
Photo: TT/The Missionary Church of Kopimism

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution

Peter Sunde has complained to prison authorities that his religious rights haven't been respected after he was refused permission to meet with a representative from a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste. READ  

Stockholm 'bomb man' jailed and deported
Police at the scene of the threat in June. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Stockholm 'bomb man' jailed and deported

The 43-year-old man who threatened Stockholm's Gamla Stan with a bomb in June was sentenced on Friday to two years in jail, followed by deportation. READ  

Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'
Swedish cops are unhappy with the heat. Photo: Håkan Dahlström/Flickr

Swedish police: 'We're sweaty all the time'

Swedish weather agencies say the summer's warmest day is yet to come, but police in the north have decided that they can't take the heat - and filed a report about the own stifling police station. READ  

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

SAS resumes flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has resumed flights from Stockholm to Tel Aviv after the airline completed a 'thorough security analysis' of the situation in Israel. READ  

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself
A Stockholm police car. File photo: TT

Swedish man stabs woman and kills himself

A man and a woman, reported to be both 45-years-old, were found dead on Thursday in an apartment on Lidingö in Stockholm with police suspecting a murder and suicide. READ  

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire
Central Norrköping in eastern Sweden. Photo: Stefan Vilcans

Police fear arson after Sweden mosque fire

Swedish police suspect arson after buildings at a mosque in Norrköping in eastern Sweden burned down in the early hours of Friday morning. READ  

Opinion
'Moving wasn't a choice, Sweden called to me'

'Moving wasn't a choice, Sweden called to me'

Caught in an identity limbo and surrounded by often apathetic "love refugees", The Local's resident Swedophile Solveig Rundquist wonders if she's the only expat who moved to Sweden for the culture alone. READ  

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Swedish inmates to receive digital tablets

Sweden's Prison and Probation Services are beginning a project in which suspected criminals will be given surf tablets to look at evidence against them. READ  

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite
The Swedish adder. Photo: Piet Spaans

Snake hunt after man claims playground bite

A man claimed to have been bitten by a poisonous snake at a paddling pool in Gothenburg on Thursday prompting a hunt which ended without a trace of the offending reptile. READ  

Stockholmers sound off on 'beautiful Swedes'
Swedish girls in Stockholm. Photo: Susanne Walström/Imagebank Sweden

Stockholmers sound off on 'beautiful Swedes'

Following a Nordic survey in which Swedes were voted the "most attractive", The Local hit the streets to see what Stockholmers thought. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
Blog updates

24 July

Sharing our Pride: Celebrating Love & the LGBT Community! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"It’s mid- July in Stockholm, and with much of the city on vacation, things can seem a little quiet – the streets, the bus, and the grocery store. One thing that has not paused for a summer break, though, is preparation for Stockholm’s Pride Festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 2...." READ »

 

22 July

Det (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! “Det” is a personal pronoun that can be used in many ways, and it might me confusing if you always translate “det” to English “it”. In this article I will do my best to guide you to how to use “det”. Det replacing a word, a phrase or a clause Let us begin with the less confusing..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

733
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se