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Prime Minister says controversial comments were never said in interview

Reinfeldt claims misrepresentation by DN over Accomodation

Updated tisdag 15 februari 2011 kl 19.15
Published tisdag 15 februari 2011 kl 13.26
Fredrik Reinfeldt. Foto: Micke Grönberg/Sveriges Radio

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has responded to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper's story that he openly criticised the system of apartment rental contracts in Stockholm by stating that he was "misrepresented," and has the evidence to prove it.

The prime minister has issued a press statement in response to Monday's piece in DN which has proved so controversial. 

The newspaper ran headlines and an interview with Fredrik Reinfeldt in which it wrote that he said that the current rental system in Stockholm just dooesn't work and has led to a black market where people are not willing to let go of hard won rental contracts. He also appeared to imply that the city centre was not suitable for rental accomodation.

Following the newspaper's publication, the prime minister was roundly condemned by property owners and politicians. The Green Party housing spokesman, Gustav Fridolin, described Reinfeldt's comments as "Kafkaesque" – adding that the black market has come about because of the lack of newly built affordable apartments.

However on Tuesday evening, the prime minister hit back. A press statement said that the view that he is against rented apartments as a form of housing in central Stockholm is wrong.

"On the contrary the prime minister backs the need for a better working rental market." 

It continued, "For example, the headlines do not have any substance from the interviews which have been made and give the impression that Fredrik Reinfeldt has certain views which he has not."

The statement on the government website also contained links to sound files taken from the two interviews with the paper. 

DN has this evening responded by stating that the newspaper has not misrepresented the prime minister's comments and have placed up their own recordings of the interviews.

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