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Persson & Steen Jump Housing Queue

Published fredag 17 november 2006 kl 12.57

Former Prime Minister Göran Persson and his wife Anitra Steen, CEO of state owned alcohol monopoly Systembolaget, faced criticism Friday morning for jumping ahead of Stockholm’s housing queue.

Financial daily ”Dagens Industri” reports that the influential couple were given a contract by Wallenstam, a property company listed on the stock exchange. Persson’s former finance minister Erik Åsbrink is on the board of Wallenstam alongside Mari-Anne Nivert who also sits on Systembolaget’s board.

Ordinarily it could take up to 20 years to secure a first-hand rental contract for an apartment in central Stockholm. While the chairwoman of The Swedish Union of Tenants found Persson and Steen’s queue jumping shocking, Wallenstam says it’s all above board. They say that while 50% of their apartments go to the queue system, they can sign the other 50% of contracts with whomever they like.

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