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Segregation of rich and poor a growing problem

Published måndag 9 maj 2011 kl 08.31
"You need a good income to be able to buy here"
(5:06 min)
Bromma, a suburb to Stockholm, is the richest area in Sweden. Photo: Maja Lagercrantz/Sveriges Radio

The gap between rich and poor continues to grow in Sweden and those who have money also prefer to live in areas where people make more than average.

A look at 100 richest areas in Sweden show that 96 if them are in or near the capital, Swedish Radio News reports.

The area with the highest median income is Bromma, about 20 minutes north-west of central Stockholm. Here the cheapest house will cost you at least 9 million Swedish kronor, about $1.4 million, says real estate agent Mikael All.

An average house will cost you about 12 million Swedish kronor, almost $2 million.

The new figures released by Statistics Sweden show that the concentration of high income households in Stockholm has increased in Stockholm in the past ten years, and the gap continues to grow.

In the 100 poorest areas the average income was $320 higher per month compared to ten years ago, but in the 100 richest areas the average income $3.500 higher every month compared to ten years ago.

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