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Stockholm will demolish building from 1870:s
Monday, 26 October 2015 00:20

Despite beeing a listed building of historical interest, the City of Stockholm has approved the demolishing of a building from 1870:s.

The building is located on Nybrogatan on Östermalm in central Stockholm. The decision has caused plenty of protests.

During the 1950:s och 1960:s a lot of historic buildings in Stockholm were taken down, for the purpose of modernising the city. This includeded big parts of the very down town area on Norrmalm, the current shopping and business district. The restitance had grown among Stockholmers for a long time and caused a big approar in 1971, when plans were to cut dowm trees in Kungsträdgården, to extend the underground. The 1971-protests are generally seen as the major shift towards more of preservations of historic environments and buildings.

The laws were also changed in order to hinder further domolishings, and to guarantee public influenece over changes in the city planning. The city of Stockholm also voluntarily changed many of it's policies and introduced a listings system of historic buildings.

The recent approval of the demolishing plans are therefore a set-back for the preservation of historic areas and buildings.

Temporary housing in Stockholm
Friday, 23 October 2015 21:04

Checkin Apartments provides temporary accommodation in Stockholm

The apartments are available bort for short, medium and long term leases. The apartments are fully furnsihed and fully equipped and ready to use for temporary housing and relocation needs. It's possible to rent flats per day, week or on a monthly basis. Checkin Apartments are available both for as vacation rentals, as well as for business travellers.

Checkin Apartments Stockholm have flats in various sizes, from studio units, to 1 bedroom apartments and 2 bedroom apartments. Most of the apartments are located in central Stockholm, or close to it. All apartments are fully furnished.

All costs such as monthly maintenance fees, heating, electricity water, waste, tv, internet etc are included in the prices.

Boom in Swedish tech start-ups
Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:20

180 investors has invested more than one billion dollars in Swedish tech start-ups so far during 2015., according to Swedish venture capital fund Industrifonden, who recently published a report.

"The Swedish startup sector is booming and continues to punch well above its weight," the report concludes. It adds that business angels, international hedge funds and corporate investors have all invested in the growing tech scene so far in 2015, with foreign donors participating in about 40 percent of all Swedish funding rounds, reports Swedish online newssite The Local.
Music technology, software, gaming and e-commerce were among the key sectors to attract investment.
Following in the footsteps of giants like Skype, Spotify, Klarna, King and Mojang, Stockholm is one of Europe's biggest tech hubs, together with London and Berlin. According to separate research report for an investment firm, Stockholm has the largest number of billion dollar companies per capita outside the Silicon Valley, and is ranked as the second most important IT-cluster in the world.
But there are however concerns about Stockholm's shortage of available apartments. The local and national investment's organisations are working with local municipalties and real estate companies in the area to help with the accommodation needs. Checkin Apartments Stockholm is a provider for temporary accommodation as well as for longer stay rentals, for the tech industry in Stockholm. Checkin's apartments are located conveniently as well for Stockholm's IT-cluster in Kista, as well as for central Stockholm, which also hosts many IT-related companies and start-ups.
Checkin Apartments can help with relocations, as well as for more temporary housing needs.
Housing bubble in Stockholm?
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:22

Sweden did not have a housing bubble during or after the financial crisis.

Prices has risen sharply over the past few years, fueled by record low interests rates, hosuing shortage, interest rates beeing tax deductable and other tax rules that hinders purchases and sells of apartments and houses. The prices all over Sweden has therefore reached record levels, and many beleieve we're in a housing bubble.

Many show their concern, but few are acting. The government, the parliament, the Riksbank, the Finacial inspekction, the Assciation of banks etc, all are concerned about the price levels and the increases, but few of them are taking any action, or at least way to little action to have any effect.

Last time Sweden had a severe housing bubble that burst was in the early 1990:s. In Stockholm the prices fall 40% and it took 6 years until prices started raising again. That crash made several banks insolvent and had a major effect on the general economy, as consumtion went down drastically.

Housing shortage cause debate on high raises
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:16

The housing shortage in Stockholm causes political debate and turmoil. Should the city allow high raises or not?

Most of Stockhom central areas like Vasastan, Södermalm, Kungsholmen and Östermalm generally has buildings with 6 floors of height. There are a few exception to the rule, amongst other places in the down town business and shopping district. Politicians are now debating if they should allow higher buildings or not.

There are not many vacant lots in central Stockholm, and most existing buildings are listed, meaning they have historic value and cannot be demolished. But the city is open for higher buildings in other areas, which still has vacant lots. Those areas include Kista, Värtahamnen, Liljeholmen, Skanstull (by the bridges), Alvik and Norra Djurgårdsstaden. Most of these areas are next to the current central parts of the City.

The City of Stockholm and the surrounding municipalities  now have plans to build several hundreds of thousands of new apartments and houses.

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