Too few apartments being built

The National Board of Housing, Building and Planning says many more apartments need to be built, to fix the major housing shortage facing the country. But the agency does not think the public housing companies will meet the demand.

The agency says 45,000 new homes must be built in the next five years. But Swedish Radio news reports that the amount built has actually dropped since 2006. The result is that only half of the homes needed have been built.

A Swedish Radio news survey finds that seven of the ten public-owned housing companies plan to build a total of 25,000 apartments in the next three years.

But Hans-Åke Palmgren, at the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, says "If there's not a major increase during 2015, we'll probably end up at around between 12,000 and 13,000 new apartments started over the next three years".

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