The Swedish real estate market has remained strong even through the recession that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, agents said. In Vastra Gotaland County, which includes Gothenburg and the west coast, prices for stand-alone houses at the end of the second quarter of 2015 had risen 11 percent year-over-year, and 3 percent over the first quarter, according to a report issued in July by Svensk Maklarstatistik, which tracks real estate statistics. Prices for properties in the county characterized as vacation homes rose 5 percent year-over-year, the report said.
Half a million are on the waiting list for rent-controlled flats in Stockholm, meaning a two-tier system, bribes and a thriving parallel market
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