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Reinfeldt forced to flee dilapidated palace home

TT/Rebecca Martin · 29 Apr 2011, 16:36

Published: 29 Apr 2011 16:36 GMT+02:00

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The condition of the apartment in Sagerska Huset palace has reached such an all-time low that Reinfeldt and his family must vacate the building for six months.

The ventilation system is so poor that the fire brigade was called out recently when Fredrik Reinfeldt fixed himself a snack.

“It has, unfortunately, led to the fire department being called out when I made myself some toast," Reinfeldt said at a press conference on Friday.

He explained that the residence, which was built in 1884, is not adapted for a family with children.

According to Reinfeldt, the apartment is cold and some of the windows can’t be opened at all.

During rainstorms a few rooms have recently suffered flooding and during the winter the temperature in one of the children’s room fell below 15 degrees Celsius, causing the family to resort to bringing in portable heaters.

Reinfeldt, who likes taking care of the family laundry, has reportedly long desired a private laundry room to be installed in the apartment. Also the family feels that the kitchen could be a little larger.

However, a more serious hazard of the old building is the prime minister getting stuck between floors in the elevator on a number of occasions.

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“That is a frightening experience in itself but it has also had as a consequence that we have been late for flights abroad,” Reinfeldt said.

The renovation of the prime minister’s Stockholm apartment is estimated to cost 15 million kronor ($2.49 million) and will take six months to complete.

In the mean time the family will occupy another apartment in central Stockholm at the cost of 60,000 kronor per month.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:37 April 29, 2011 by Swedesmith
Hey Reinfeldt, take the stairs. You can burn off some flab.
17:48 April 29, 2011 by StockholmSam
We have a spare room.
18:12 April 29, 2011 by swedejane
60,000sek a month for a temporary apartment. Well, that certainly seems reasonable.
18:32 April 29, 2011 by Strongbow
There are laws in Sweden limiting abnormal second hand rents so those 60k must hide something more.
18:55 April 29, 2011 by Syftfel
I hear there are vacancies in Rinkeby. Wouldn't this be a good opportunity for Reinfeldt to live in a 2-bedroom unit there, next door to a noisy, foreign, nine member family on public assistance. That way he will be better equipped to tackle the issues associated with recent arrivals and their alien life styles, and thus understand where we Swedes are coming from when we critisize the whole mess.
18:57 April 29, 2011 by The Nine
yes, but you will remember that Freddie changes the law to suit himself. When he got caught paying his domestic staff black money, which was illegal and would have got you or me in to trouble, he got parliament to change the law so that it wasn't any longer. Didn't seem to matter that IT WAS illegal when he was doing it.
19:14 April 29, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Poor jammy bugger! This brings tears to the eyes.
19:15 April 29, 2011 by Strongbow
@The Nine: If he pays too much rent then he (a k a the taxpayers) is the victim, not perpetrator.
19:50 April 29, 2011 by dammen
perhaps he would like to rent our house - it is very child friendly and in the country - even though it is old we never fall below 15 degrees and we don't have heating upstairs, we do not have lifts but have a very big kitchen! It would not cost 60K a month either
20:15 April 29, 2011 by HYBRED
Reinfeldt sure whine's a lot.
21:33 April 29, 2011 by DJECKY
hahahahhahaha,you guys make me laugh,.
21:41 April 29, 2011 by Stickeroo
Well, pretty crappy conditions for a head of state. African dictators live in better conditions lol. Good on them to fix it finally.
21:54 April 29, 2011 by conboy
I am amazed the lifts held for Göran Perssons time in office imagine the weight of all of the brown paper envelopes from grateful clients as he gradually privatized the states transport and health services at cut rate prices.
22:03 April 29, 2011 by planet.sweden
Dare I point out that Reinfeldt himself has been in residence at Sagerska Huset palace since 2006. If it's in a dilapidated state of disrepair whose fault is that? Most British prime ministers and US presidents get to work ordering the renovation of their new home within weeks of moving in. Reinfeldt has been negligent.
22:42 April 29, 2011 by Uggla
He's such a sissy, pure mama's boy! I hate pampered filthy rich babies.
01:24 April 30, 2011 by Strongbow
planet.sweden: Who's fault? Maybe it's the owner of the house, the Swedish state through Statens fastighetsverk that has failed to maintain it? Not complaining at once is typically Swedish.
15:47 April 30, 2011 by Iraniboy

After your beloved character Sarah Palin choose to live in any US ghettos, then Fredrik will move too ;)

As a Prime Minister living in such condition is not appropriate but Swedish equality standards doesn't allow him and his rank to complain so much.
18:40 April 30, 2011 by kenny8076
@iraniboy....... what does sarah palin have to do with anything?!?! Your obviously uneducated and unable to understand a point........ Syftfel's point was that this is a good chance for Reinfeldt to live in the mess that Sweden has voluntarily created with mass immigration where they can not handle it.

I like how the government and other groups were outraged at Swedish CEO's "American bonuses" while 60,000 a month (360,000 for 6 months($60,000) is tolerable.
03:29 May 1, 2011 by jackx123
poor PM. he should let some of the homeless people move in. they would sure appreciate his gaffe
09:20 May 1, 2011 by Iraniboy

It is totally relevant! Because you don't know the whole story. Syftfel has already introduced Sara Palin as a good example of prominent politician. Now that he criticizes Fredrik, he should take into account the similar situation his beloved politician has!

Obviously it was you who were uneducated to consider a possibility that I was referring to his previous record.

As a matter of fact, the issue of immigration is more irrelevant than comparing the living condition of two politicians! If you can't see the relevancy, then I please ignore this comment !!
16:18 May 1, 2011 by jamesblish
I find it a bit weird bow the housing of the prime minister is somehow controversial but the many castles and homes of the royal family would probably not be up for debate at all. At least the prime minister has earned his position. Of course he should live in a nice place. Do we really want to see our officials living in ghettos and driving around in rusty Citroens like the rest of us?
10:00 May 2, 2011 by HYBRED

"Do we really want to see our officials living in ghettos and driving around in rusty Citroens like the rest of us?"

Since you asked; the answer is YES!!!! But he can upgrade to a old piece of crap Volvo.
22:12 May 2, 2011 by Syftfel
I'm honored that I'm a popular commentator. As for Sarah Palin, while not necessarily of presidential timber, she does have an important message to deliver. But neither is that current fiasco, the street corner leafleteer that currently resides there. At least Sarah as done something O has not, she has managed. I'd take her any day in exchange for that laughable amateur.
11:43 May 15, 2011 by Jasper2
...and this is the "gentleman" who had something to say about SAAB?
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