Sweden’s plan to boost rural housing fails

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Only 15 contracts have been signed since Sweden launched its rural housing plan. (Jens Tisbo/Sveriges Radio)
Only 15 contracts have been signed since Sweden launched its rural housing plan. (Jens Tisbo/Sveriges Radio)
The Swedish government’s investment in a guaranteed line of credit to build new houses in rural areas has been a fiasco, with only a handful of homes built in ten years, Swedish Radio News reports.

It is hard to find a house for sale on the countryside, as prices are low and the owners prefer to wait.

But building one’s own house is not an easy option either, because banks usually refuse to give mortgages, arguing that the market value of the property is lower than the loan.

That’s why the government introduced a guaranteed line of credit for self-built rural houses ten years ago. This means that the state steps in to cover the risks.

However, only 15 contracts have been signed since 2004.

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