SWEDEN — More than 550,000 people are in housing queue in the Swedish capital Stockholm. The average time to get an apartment last year was over eight years. Getting an apartment in Stockholm’s inner city is virtually impossible.
But Ali and Alaa got an apartment instantly. They did not wait. They first got an accommodation in Farsta, and now they move into one of Södermalm’s most popular areas. They have been in Sweden for a year and a half. They have never been in the queue. They have never paid for themselves. They are satisfied.