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Reinfeldt forced to move house

Published fredag 29 april 2011 kl 15.58

The Swedish prime minister and his family are being evacuated from their official residence during the summer months because it's unfit for family habitation.

Fredrik Reinfeldt, his wife Filippa and their three children live at Sagerska House on Strömgatan in Stockholm but at a press conference on Friday, the Prime Minister said that the living quarters at the house, which was built in the 1800's, is in urgent need of repair, and was not fit for a family; being cold, poorly ventlilated with leaks from the ceiling and with some windows that cannot be opened from the inside.

"Unfortunately when I have been baking bread I have been forced to call the fire brigade," Reinfeldt said.

Sagerska House, which has been used as the prime minister's official residence since 1995, will now be renovated over a period of six months and at a cost of 15 million kronor (2.5 million US dollars.)

Sagerska House used to be called Sagerska Palace but former prime minister Ingvar Carlsson told the press to refer to it as a house rather than palace because palace seemed inappropriate.

The prime minister also revealed that he has been stuck in the lift on several occasions causing him to be late for meetings abroad.

"Perhaps worst of all is that we have often been stuck in the lift. It can be scary but it has also led to us being late for important flights to the United States."

While Sagerska House is being renovated the Reinfeldt family will stay in a flat in Stockholm at a cost of 60,000 kronor a month.

Even the prime minister's second offficial home of Harpsund is being renovated at a cost of 17 million kronor.(2.8 million US dollars.)

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