Swedes want their adult children out of the house

Swedes want their adult children out of the house
A lack of available affordable accommodation or poor personal finances prevent many young Swedes from packing their bags and moving out, much to the dismay of their parents.

Seven of 10 young people aged 20 to 25 want to live on their own, but remain at home, according to a new poll by Novus Opinion.

Young people say that a chronic housing shortage and poor economy are driving them to live with their parents. Seven of 10 parents would like their 20-25 year-old children to get places of their own, according to the survey.

“This indicates that the housing shortage is far from being just a problem for young people. Entire families are feeling the effects of the country-wide housing shortage,” Barbro Engman, chairman of the Swedish Union of Tenants (Hyresgästföreningen), said in a statement.

Of the parents with children between 15 and 25 who were still living at home, half said that they were worried that their children wouldn’t be able to find a place to live when the time comes to move out.

Six of 10 were worried their children couldn’t afford to live on their own, while 40 percent reported that they were taking proactive measures to help their children, such as signing them up in the housing queue.

The survey, commissioned by the Sweden Union of Tenants, polled 1,000 parents in major Swedish cities.

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