Half a million in the Stockholm housing queue

A record number of people in the Stockholm public housing queue means waiting times of many years.

There are almost half a million people registered with Stockholm city and wanting to hire one of the council-owned properties. This number has doubled in just seven years.

The average waiting time to get an apartment in Stockholm municipality last year was nine years.

Young people and others unable to buy are hardest hit. Almost half of those in the queue are under 35.

Student flats have their own queue, but the average waiting time for a student residence is five years, far longer than most courses, reports Swedish Radio P4 Stockholm.