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Despite shortage no new student housing

Published söndag 8 maj 2011 kl 14.27
The shortage is so acute, in Malmö it's been proposed to convert a ship into student housing

Despite Sweden’s massive shortage in student housing, virtually no accommodations for students were built here last year.

According to Statistics Sweden, last year only 125 student rooms were built in this country. That compares to 1172 the year before.

Most of those that were built were in Karlskrona, with a few in Malmö, none where the lack of student housing is worst, in Stockholm.

Beatrice Högå. President of the Swedish National Union of Students, says the politicians have to do something about the situation, She suggests subsidies, lower taxes, or reducing the VAT for the construction of student housing.

Oscar Lavelid, president of the Stockholm Federation of Student Unions, tells the TT news agency that the waiting period for a student room in Stockholm is around one and a half years, and that no new student housing has been built in the capital for the past four years.

There are at least five universities in Stockholm, as well as a number of university colleges.

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