Cold brings record numbers to Stockholm homeless shelter

Pastor Sören Eskilsson holds back people as they take shelter in his church. (Richard Orange/Radio Sweden)
With temperatures nudging -14C on Tuesday night, a record 170 homeless people came to shelter at a church in Stockholm.

This was the most to be sheltered since the city government launched the “Vinternatt 2” homeless project three years ago. Radio Sweden came to watch.

Of those who came, 158 slept in the church auditorium and an adjoining room, with a further 10 or 12 moved on to another shelter, where they were given beds.

“I think it’s an all time high. That’s passed the line of a record now,” Sören Eskilsson, the church pastor, said.

Their work is coordinated by Stockholm’s city government, which launched the project, initially to help Romanian and Bulgarian migrants, back in 2014.

Related stories from around the North:

Finland: Another cold week in Finland, Yle News

Iceland: High peak in low season, Iceland’s mass-tourism boiling over, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Amid snow blizzards in Sweden, motorists warned not to go out, Radio Sweden

Russia: Arctic Russia military town left without heating and hot water, The Independent Barents Observer

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