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The unusual way Sweden once solved its housing crisis and boosted living conditions

A working-class family in Stockholm in the 1940s. Photo: SvD/TT

Published: 17.May.2019 07:59 hrs

In the first half of the 20th century, Sweden implemented an unconventional campaign to transform it from a country with the lowest standards of housing in Europe to one of the highest in the world.

"The good home knows no privilege or neglect, no favourites and no stepchildren," proclaimed Swedish Social Democrat Per Albin Hansson in 1928. "In the good home, equality, caring, cooperation and helpfulness prevail."

This was the dream of Folkhemmet (The People's Home) – comprised of the "great home" of the Swedish nation and the "small home" of each citizen – which would, in Hansson's words, "signify the breaking down of all social and economic barriers which now divide citizens into privileged and disadvantaged, rulers and dependents, rich and poor, propertied and impoverished, exploiters and exploited."

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