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Kronquist, Patrik

Columnist "Expressen", Sweden

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Expressen - Sweden | 16/01/2014

Sweden's housing shortage also has an upside

Owing to the catastrophic shortage of housing in Stockholm, a growing number of people live in cramped conditions and in subtenancy. The liberal tabloid Expressen writes that the capital's inhabitants being forced into such close proximity also has its advantages: "Certainly the housing shortage is a major problem in Sweden. Having to live in extremely cramped conditions is a growing curse with which immigrants in particular are afflicted. The conditions in suburbs populated by immigrants are reminiscent of pre-war standards. ... But this trend also has many advantages. It means that more people can live in the city centre and businesses and public transport services have more customers. Moreover carbon dioxide emissions go down when heating systems cater to more people at the same time."

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