The Stockholm districts that are getting a facelift (and why)

Stockholm is the fastest-growing capital in Europe. But as the population increases, there's work to be done to make sure the growth has positive effects.

The Stockholm districts that are getting a facelift (and why)
Kista Science Tower. Photo: Jordgubbe/Creative Commons

One way the city is addressing its burgeoning society is by building for better social integration

It's something that Mia Lundström, a Stockholm-based urban planning consultant, has made her top priority for the past several years. 

“Without social integration, people don’t meet each other or come to understand different cultures. This leads to conflict, which in turn causes a lot of damage both financially and on a personal level.”

Following the successful regeneration project she ran in Jakobsberg, a district in the Järfälla Municipality, Mia is now turning her sights towards Kista in the north-west of Stockholm.

Find out more about her plans to breathe new life into the area, as well as how other organisations in the city are building for social integration.

Read the full article on the Invest Stockholm website

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Invest Stockholm.


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. 

READ MORE: Norway’s government rules out a temporary rent cap