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Nineties babies face major housing shortage

TT/Charlotte West · 15 Jun 2009, 09:00

Published: 15 Jun 2009 09:00 GMT+02:00

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An additional 128,000 apartments are needed for the 216,000 young people in Sweden who are looking for their own housing. This is an increase of almost 30,000 since 1997, according to a study on young people's housing in 2009 from the Swedish Union Of Tenants (Hyresgästföreningen).

The results also show that more and more young people are living with their parents. Almost a fifth, 21 percent or 189,000 of those aged 20-27 live with their parents. This is an increase of 5 percent, or 49,000, since 1997.

The study also reveals that fewer young people have their own accommodation. Around half (57 percent) of the 914,000 young adults ages 20-27 have a first-hand rental contract or own their own apartment or villa, a decrease of around 6 percent, or 54,000, since the first study was done in 1997.

“The housing shortage among young people is a major problem. And the problem will continue to grow. In a year, those born in the 1990s will be knocking on the door of the housing market. A generation with many more than those born in the 1980s,” said Sven Bergenstråhle, a housing researcher at the Swedish Union Of Tenants.

“The study shows that significantly more housing needs to be built. Despite that, construction is decreasing. Young people lacking their own accommodation, and those who are planning to move, are demanding first and foremost rentals,” Bergenstråhle emphasized.

Dagens Industri reported that due to the recession, housing construction is at a record low.

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“Even if the number of building permits is quite high, we expect many projects will be put on hold,” Hans-Åke Palmgren, an analyst at the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket), told DI.

Boverket estimates that the number of new residences this year will be 15,000, and in 2010 the number could increase to 16,5000, which are the lowest levels during the entire 2000s.

TT/Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:11 June 15, 2009 by Nemesis
Well, that means I should have no problem finding a tenant if I rent my apartment.
11:47 June 15, 2009 by davo339
No you wont. Ive been searching for a place to rent for well over a year now. Been in Queue in Sollentunahem for close to 2 years. Still not getting close to one.
13:49 June 15, 2009 by davo339
Im an immigrant and not on welfare but still am unable to get an apartment
21:04 June 15, 2009 by DAVID T
If they deporeted all the criminal immigrants and stopped benefits for peole who just come here for state hand outs then there would be plenty of apartments for all the decent hard working tax payers.
21:09 June 15, 2009 by davo339
my previous comment was directed at someone whos post got deleted. sorry
06:05 June 17, 2009 by kenny8076
deported the criminal immigrants? The story is about all the 90's babies being all grown up now and there not "being" enough apartments, not how there ARE enough but immigrants are taking them, how about Sweden create some jobs and construct some apartments. Blows my mind that in 2009 a country is running into a problem where the government hasn't provided enough housing locations for its citizens. Honestly how many "criminal immigrants" do you think there are taking up all these apartments? We have TRIPLE the amount of immigrants than Sweden has citizens in TOTAL here in the US. just like any other country in the world, just don't understand why that would overwhelm the Swedish government.
07:34 June 17, 2009 by Puffin
Its a surprise as the birth rate dropped dramatically in the 1990s - in my kommun the number of children born each year declined from 250 in 1988 to 80 in 1998
12:14 June 17, 2009 by Jamie_plymouth
Im and 80's baby as well and its pretty hard. Most of my friends live at home or have been on waiting lists for 5 years or so.

Im lucky enough to have just got a 2nd hand contract on a bostadsrätt (2rok) on Södermalm. We were offered a 1st hand contract in Solberga/Älvsjö through bostadsnabben, but it was about 8500kr a month for 2 rok, over 2000kr more than Södermalm.
12:47 June 17, 2009 by xky
It is true!

Many hard-working peopel pay the tax and live in a moderate style while the government use the tax to feed the immigrates, many immigrates do not do anything at all.

It is unfair!
12:50 June 17, 2009 by VikingHumpingWitch
Many immigrants on this site are hard-working moderate-living taxpayers.
13:29 June 17, 2009 by Mzungu
Shame you are all city folk! Have 3 newly renovated apartments available for tenants to move in...

* the fresh country air is free*
13:29 June 17, 2009 by 7
i'm relieved that you don't have to tackle that ominous task of driving an automatic gear box automobile.
15:38 June 17, 2009 by mkvgtired
Stop having the government be responsible for these critical industries. Then housing will "magically" appear.
15:48 June 17, 2009 by Puffin
I think that this mainly a big city problem

Many smaller kommuns have appartments standing empty - my kommun demolished 80 appartments a few years ago as they couldn't find tennants
16:58 June 17, 2009 by skane refugee
house builders, investors, landlords, tenants etc are all watching the pressure mount on politicians to move Sweden towards a more 'free-market' system for rents, and away from the blanket 'rent control' and shadow black market for 1st hand and 2nd hand tenancies we see at the moment

when the current system breaks down ... as surely it must ... there will be severe social dislocation with mass movement of tenants etc ... therefore more likely that they'll phase in some sort of transitional arrangements ... but will there be sufficient financial incentives for developers and investors to build more apartments where they are desperately needed in Sweden? ... and how long will it all take?
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