Olof Palme's for-sale row house piques curiosity

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Olof Palme's for-sale row house piques curiosity

With temperatures rising on the Swedish political scene ahead of next year's elections, Swedes on the hunt for political nostalgia as well as a home have noted that former prime minister Olof Palme's row house is on the market.


Social Democrat Prime Minister Olof Palme, later slain in a still unsolved murder in 1986, commuted between his work in government and a picturesque row house in the western suburb of Vällingby.

That row house is now for sale, which according to the estate agent in charge of the property has quickened some house-hunters' curiosity.

"A few people who have come to the showing said they mostly wanted to get a feel for the place," estate agent Eric Runbäck told the local Mitt i newspaper.

In fact, some devoted party affiliates showed an interest in the house before it even went up for sale, including the left-wing commentator and editor of regional daily Dala-Demokraten.

"I know that the current owners got a call from Göran Greider, who asked to come visit and have a look once," Runbäck explained.

Vällingby was developed from 1947 to 1950, and was designed not as a suburb but as an independent neighbourhood - a modernist housing project dubbed an "ABC Town", which stood for "arbetsplatser, bostäder och centrum" - roughly translated to jobs, accommodation, and a city centre.

In 2004, the Stockholm City Museum dedicated an exhibition to the neighbourhood.

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