‘Swedish housing costs among highest in EU’

Swedish housing costs are among the highest across the EU countries. Only the Danes pay more for their homes, according to a new report from the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket).

The average Swede spends 26.9 percent of his or her total expenditure on housing, while a Dane shells out 27 percent and a Slovak 25.9 percent. The EU average is 22 percent.

The countries with the lowest housing costs, relative to total expenditure, are Lithuania, Cyprus and Malta.

Sweden is also near the top with regards to total actual housing costs, in seventh place of the EU’s 27 member states, spending an average of €4,300 ($5,900) per annum on housing.

The figure is particularly high considering that Swedes earn fairly modest net incomes in comparison with many other EU countries, and are far behind countries such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and neighbouring Denmark.

The figures showing that Swedes pay such a high price for their homes is explained by the researchers by the fact the standard is generally higher, homes are larger, and housing density is lower.

The average living space for a Swede amounts to 44.5 square metres, with only Luxembourgers and Danes enjoying more space to call home.

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Rental prices in Norway’s biggest cities continue to rise

The cost of renting in Norway's four largest cities rose overall during the third quarter, with prices up six percent this year, figures from Real Estate Norway show. 

Rental prices in Norway's biggest cities continue to rise

A sharp increase in rent prices in Norway continued throughout the third quarter, figures from Real Estate Norway (Eiendom Norge) released on Tuesday show. 

“Real Estate Norway’s rental housing price statistics show a historically strong rise in rental housing prices in Norway in the third quarter,” Henning Lauridsen, CEO of Real Estate Norway, stated in a report on the latest figures. 

Growth was most robust in Stavanger and Oslo, according to Real Estate Norway. 

“The strong growth in rental prices we have seen in the wake of the pandemic continued in the third quarter, and it is particularly in the Stavanger region and in Oslo that the growth in rental prices is strong,” Lauridsen said. 

Stavanger and nearby Sandnes saw the largest price increases, with the cost of renting there increasing by 4.7 percent during the third quarter. During the same period, rents in Oslo increased by 2.5 percent, while a marginal 0.3 percent rise was recorded in Trondheim. 

While the cost of renting in Norway’s four largest cities overall increased by 2 percent, rental prices in Bergen declined. There, rents fell by 2.5 percent in the third quarter.

Lauridsen said that the increase in rental prices was likely to continue due to several factors. High inflation, interest rates, increased taxes on rental properties and a low supply of homes on the market all contributed to increasing rents. 

However, he did note that the supply of rental homes on the market had increased in Trondheim and Oslo since the summer. 

Lauridsen said that the least well-off financially were being hit hardest by rent rises. Previously, the Norwegian government has informed The Local that it will not introduce a temporary cap on rent increases. 

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