Hoax in Gävle

A story which made headlines across Sweden was in actuality untrue.

Last week Radio Sweden reported on a story that concerned an Iraqi family of eight forced to live in a food cellar out in woodland near Gävle.

The family were taken to hospital with smoke related injuries after lighting a fire to keep warm, and later it emerged that the family had earlier been in contact with social services but had their request for housing turned down.

It turns out that the hero who discovered the family was actually a close relative, and that the family actually had housing in the southern city of Malmö.

It’s believed that the family wanted to live in Gävle, and arranged the incident to help them get an apartment in the town.

Gävle council have found the family a new home there, despite the whole stunt being arranged.