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Student housing in Stockholm

Politicians fall short on student housing promise

Published måndag 20 augusti 2012 kl 11.19
A Stockholm building now turned into student housing

Stockholm politicians representing the centre-right coalition promised to build 4,400 new student apartments in the city by 2015. But as the newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports, only 86 have been built so far.

"It has not been going as well as we've been told - less have been built that during the last election cycle," says Martin Sahlin, chair of Stockholm's Federation of Student Unions (SSCO).

Sahlin's organisation believes there is a risk that the actual number of new apartments in 2015 will be around 2,000.

City Mayor Sten Nordin tells Dagens Nyheter that the promise is not likely to be fulfilled by then. "We will deliver all the student apartments we have promised and more, but not by 2015," Nordin says.

The centre-right politicians included temporary housing in their original estimate, but changes to building permits lowered the number of temporary flats available.

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