Politicians to blame

A number of experts Dagens Nyheter  has spoken to claim that weak Swedish governments past and present are to blame for the current crisis in the housing market. German politicians have shown far more resolve in Berlin and Hamburg, where segregation is seen as a major social problem that is to be avoided and where there is no shortage of housing, says Anna Granath Hansson, a PhD student at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Granath Hansson calls into question recent measures such as Attefall back yard houses and an easing of the rules on lettings. “These are just emergency measures in a desperate situation. They do not tackle the problem of capital gains and interest rate deductions,” she says.