Sweden's housing shortage is so acute that social housing needs to be built, according to Anders Sjelvgren, director general of the National Board of Housing, Planning & Building (Boverket), following the publication of figures which show a sharp drop in the number of housing starts.
Projections indicate the number of housing starts will fall to 48,000 in 2019, from a peak of 63,750 in 2017. Boverket has previously estimated that some 80,000 new homes need to be built in Sweden annually, which is why Sjelvgren believes the shortage will escalate.
With many unable to afford new homes, the shortage will require new solutions to counter segregation, argues the director general.
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