Affordable living – an international comparison between Hong Kong, Berlin and Stockholm

Compact living, subsidised housing – or good quality and reasonably priced housing for city residents?

IVA Konferenscenter, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm
Friday, 2 June, 2017 10:30 - 12:00 CET

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Just over 7 million people live in Hong Kong in an area the size of the Stockholm urban area. A large influx of people in combination with a limited amount of land on which to build has led to steep property prices, but also to innovative solutions to house the entire population. Berlin has long had a politically controlled system to build new homes for groups of people with various financial circumstances – so-called Sozialbauwohnungen.

In Sweden we are seeing new living solutions emerge to supplement cooperative flats, rental flats and houses. They are called “co-living” or “elastic homes,” where homes are adapted to various living arrangements with shared areas and functions and alternative letting solutions.                    

Many are finding it hard to enter the housing market in Sweden. This is having a negative impact on mobility in the job market and making it hard for young people to leave home or resulting in long commutes to work or university etc. How are these issues being dealt with in Hong Kong and Berlin? What types of mechanisms are being used there? And is there room for more alternative living solutions in Sweden? These questions will be addressed and discussed at the seminar. 

The seminar will be held in English and is a joint arrangement with Stockholm Business Region.


  • Gabriel Urwitz, Chairman of the Steering Committee
  • Nicholas Brooke, Harbourfront Commission Hong Kong
  • Representative from real estate financial sector Germany (invited)
  • Pernilla Ivarsson, Architect and Project Manager “Elastic Homes"
  • Lisa Renander, Founder Tech Farm 


Contact information

Gustaf Wahlström
Project Coordinator
Phone +46 8-791 30 04

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