Anything to accommodate Sweden’s new masters.
“Did a Swedish council buy apartments for a man and his three wives?,” The Local, September 19, 2017:
A Swedish municipality has hit back after it was criticized for offering a man and his three wives housing in apartments bought for more than 13.9 million kronor ($1.75 million) in total.
Nacka municipality hit back at claims spread by the local branch of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party that it had bought three bostadsrätter (a type of private housing cooperative which is a common form of home ownership in Sweden) in Saltsjöbaden for the man and his three wives.
“Nacka municipality has not purchased housing for any individual. The municipal’s purchase of bostadsrätter is part of the work of arranging housing for new arrivals with a residence permit,” it wrote in response to questions raised over the rumours.
“In 2017 Nacka municipality is to receive 370 new arrivals assigned by the Migration Agency.”
The Local, as well as several Swedish media including Metro and Swedish radio, has taken a closer look at the claims. This is what we found.
Nacka municipality, south of Stockholm, has bought 94 bostadsrätter worth around 305 million kronor since January last year, according to the local authority and to publicly available documents. The majority of these apartments, but not all of them according to the council, are rented out to newly arrived immigrants.
One of these has been allocated to a 57-year-old man, his wife and their children.
Another two apartments have been allocated to two other women, who are also registered in official Swedish records as both married to the same 57-year-old man, and their children. The women are all in their 40s.
Polygamy is normally illegal in Sweden, but such marriages are considered valid if the couples married in a country where it is allowed, if they married voluntarily and had no links to Sweden at the time.
The three apartments in question were bought by the local authority for 5.45 million, 5.2 million and 3.3 million kronor, according to public documents by Nacka’s city development committee, seen by The Local.
According to the most recent figures by real estate statistics company Svensk Mäklarstatistik, the national average price for a bostadsrätt is 40,687 kronor per square metre, compared to 54,341 kronor in Nacka….